BSA felicitates efforts of Dubai Police in the field of IPR law protection

Published April 14th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

The efforts of the Dubai Police in the field Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection and their commitment to provide a trusted business environment for both the public and private sector was recognized at a special ceremony held Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the Dubai Police Headquarters. 


"Dubai offers an open and free environment for creative enterprises to launch innovative economic initiatives. But, this does not stop us from ensuring adequate protection to intellectual property. Dubai Police has made it a priority to enforce IPR laws within the emirate starting from raising awareness amongst users and business sectors on the damage caused by the usage of illegal or pirated software," said Major General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, chief of Dubai Police. 


He insisted that the existence of a free and open business environment does not mean disregarding the intellectual rights of others. "Dubai has achieved noticeable progress in the Information Technology (IT) sector which has allowed us to provide the necessary facilities required to promote the digital economy. This has motivated us to ensure that IT sector is protected from those who try to infringe on intellectual property rights," he added. 


Major General Dhahi Khalfan specially commended the efforts of the Economic Crimes Unit within the Dubai Police, which has played a major role in fighting attempts by those seeking to damage the country's economy. He promised that their efforts in this field would be suitable rewarded. 


“The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a leader in the Arab world in the field of IPR protection. It has succeeded in exceeding the standards set by European nations such as France, Greece and Italy who have the reputation of being far more technologically advanced. Although IPR laws have been in existence in these countries for many years, UAE has achieved much better results due to stringent implementation of these laws within the country," said Jawad Al-Redha, co-chairman, Middle East, Business Software Alliance (BSA)  


"This has led to major foreign investments in the country especially in the field of Information Technology (IT). The UAE authorities have built an atmosphere of trust and cooperation with international and regional bodies working in the field of software piracy," Al-Redha added. 


He informed that BSA is also giving top priority to other issues that can affect the growth of the software industry specifically and the digital economy in general, which include E-commerce, communications, encoding and customs tariff. 


"The UAE has established a number of free zones that are specialized in IT and software production that has attracted a lot of investors and international companies. This would not have been possible without strict IPR laws and the rational policies of the UAE authorities in general which have been tailored to remove all obstacles in the path of the progress of the IT industry in the country." 


The UAE was one of the first countries to be removed from the US 'Watch List' of IPR offenders and the country has gained the trust of international companies who find the country an ideal location to set up their regional operations. "If all countries follow the example of UAE by making IPR protection a top priority, then it will hasten their path towards the establishment of a digital economy," Al-Redha concluded.  


The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is an international organization representing leading software and e-commerce developers in 65 countries around the world. Established in 1988, BSA has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. As the voice of the software industry, BSA helps governments and consumers understand how software strengthens the economy, worker productivity and global development and how its further expansion hinges on the successful fight against software piracy and Internet theft. BSA's efforts include educating computer users about software copyrights; advocating public policy that fosters innovation and expands trade opportunities; and fighting software piracy. — ( 

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