Fresh anti-piracy raids on IT resellers in UAE lead to more arrests and confiscations
In Dubai, authorities arrest three persons and confiscate 118 CDs with pirated software applications while raids in Abu Dhabi result in four arrests and seizing of 84 CDs.
The UAE’s tough stand on violators of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws were evident once again with law enforcement authorities in the UAE conducting fresh raids on several IT resellers in the two emirates. The raids were initiated by Microsoft, as a Business Software Alliance (BSA) member.
The raids conducted on three IT resellers in Dubai’s Bur Dubai area led to the arrest of three persons, confiscation of four PCs with illegally downloaded software and 118 CDs of pirated versions of software including Windows XP Service Packs. The Abu Dhabi raids resulted in four arrests, seizure of three PCs and 84 CDs loaded with pirated software applications.
Juma Al Leem, Director of Censorship Department, Dubai Government, said “The UAE continues to show an exemplary approach towards tackling the menace with the assistance of the Ministry of Economy and other concerned authorities and these efforts have shown positive results, with the country recording a steady drop in piracy rates. Unless stringent measures are adopted on an ongoing basis piracy cannot be curbed in an effective way and the authorities in the UAE have ensured that they are constantly keeping a check on offenders.”
"We are working closely with BSA to raise awareness on the importance of using original software, as this will help in enhancing the reliability of IT infrastructure in the UAE. Further, the users of original software will get many benefits, including reliable IT support, continuous updates on the software and discounts on new versions of the software."
Jawad Al Redha, Co-Chairman, BSA Middle East, said, “The UAE fully recognises that the healthy growth of the country’s IT sector is dependent to a large extent on the rate of piracy in the country, and these anti-piracy raids complement the country’s long term vision of economic growth. We highly appreciate the efforts of the UAE authorities for their sustained battle to control software piracy, which has affirmed their commitment to create a digital economy in the country.”
The UAE is the leading country in the region with regard to implementation of IPR and Copyright legislations, with laws requiring software users to keep evidence of the originality of the software used by them. This has not only benefited the entire business sector of the country, with top companies choosing UAE as a base for their regional headquarters, it has also contributed in boosting the growth of the nation’s economy in general and the IT sector in particular.