Jordan crackdown on illegal software

Published April 2nd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) announced Saturday, March 31, that Jordanian police have raided a computer reseller in Amman for using illegal software copies. The raid confirms Jordan¹s position on software theft and the authorities¹ determination to sustain a healthy climate for the development of IT in Jordan. 


"Stealing software leads to harmful results, it has a direct and negative effect on investments in the IT sector, which in turn reflects on jobs, wages and tax revenues," commented Jawad Al-Redha, BSA regional director. "Software piracy harms everyone including consumers, honest resellers, the software industry and therefore the national economy as a whole." 


The Jordanian police raid was conducted based on a case that was filed before the Public Prosecutor, who instructed the police to conduct the raid and inspect the software being used by the company. The police seized computers that were found loaded with unlicensed copies of Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Office 97 in addition to unlicensed CD¹s of Office 97, 

Windows 95, Windows 98. 


Earlier this year, King Abdullah was awarded the BSA annual prize for his active involvement in the fight against illegal software. The BSA and Jordan police have also been conducting different activities such as awareness campaigns and training on software theft. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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