Gulf software piracy profits to tune of Dh3.12b from IT industry super-growth
According to the ninth annual global software piracy study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in partnership with IDC and Ipsos Public Affairs, the UAE is still the only Arab country ranked among the lowest-piracy countries in the world. Computer shipments to the Gulf last year stood at 6.3 million units, up from 5.2 million in 2010, an increase of 21.15 per cent.
The UAE’s software piracy rate rose by one percentage point to 37 per cent last year. Globally, losses from software piracy broke the $60 billion level for the first time in 2011. In 2010, the value of unlicensed software hit $58.8 billion, an increase of one per cent.
Despite the rise in value, the piracy rate hovered at 42 per cent in 2011. “We are committed to stepping up our anti-piracy initiatives in the Gulf region to curb piracy levels and we will continue to work closely with key government agencies and private sector organisations to create greater awareness about the negative impact of intellectual property rights violations and software piracy across the Gulf,” Jawad Al Reda, Chairman of BSA, Gulf region, said.
The UAE is leading the way in the Gulf when it comes to setting and enforcing rules and regulations that protect intellectual properties, and hence it has the “lowest percentage piracy rate in the region,” Nasser Samaenah, regional licence compliance manager, Adobe, Mena, said.
- Samsung Electronics Levant holds the prescreening for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Samsung S6, S6 Edge receive warm welcome in Saudi Arabia
- Mission to Mars: UAE plans Arab region's first unmanned probe
- Eclipsing Facebook and Twitter: WhatsApp most popular social media site for Arabs
- Why the new Samsung Galaxy S6 will 'redefine mobility'
- Piracy mires ME shipping sector
- Microsoft Gulf and UAE Ministry of Economy collaborate on major UAE anti-software piracy raids in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
- Operation leads to confiscation of PCs with unlicensed software; complements enhanced government program against copyright violations
- FileNet appoints Gulf Commercial Group (GCG) as ValueNet partner for the UAE market
- high tech innovations in home-audio to boost global market to aed 105.7 billion in 2008