Omani Authorities Snare Illegal Software Users
Oman's Ministry of National Heritage and Culture has conducted a record seven raids on companies in Ruwi in a single day, and confiscated over 70 computers found loaded with unlicensed software, according to a statement by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
The companies, all professional service organizations, face prosecution in addition to the loss of their computer hardware.
BSA regional director Jawad Al Redha said in the statement that “this has been the most concerted effort to date targeting end-users, companies that are using illegal software in their businesses, in Oman."
Redha said the ministry “targeted different parts of Muscat, and visited companies that were known to be using illegal software. All of these companies have been warned repeatedly that they need to legalize their software."
According to the statement, the raids focused on companies in different fields of business in Ruwi, and uncovered illegal, unlicensed software including Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec and AutoDesk – Albawaba.com
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