Computer piracy in Morocco dropped five percent last year. As a result local IT (Information Technology) stores expanded turnover by $500 million. Sales of authentic computers hardware and software throughout Morocco totaled $3.5 billion during 2000, reported Al-Hayat daily.
Computer piracy rates fell from 82 percent in mid-nineties to 65 percent in 1999, and to 60 percent in 2000. In an effort to further reduce piracy rates in Morocco, international computer giants, including Microsoft, Macintosh and Oracle, recently launched a campaign against stores which sell illegally reproduced IT merchandise.
A law issued by Morocco’s parliament protecting industrial and intellectual property rights in the Kingdom has supported the campaign. The Moroccan decree was implemented at the request of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Last year, Microsoft established a joint venture with several other programming firms to fight computer piracy internationally, and in the Arab world, specifically. Microsoft has reportedly succeeded in significantly reducing piracy rates in 14 Middle Eastern and North African countries. Market sources estimate computer piracy losses in the Arab world at $12 billion. ― (MENA Report)
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