Piracy crackdown in Jordan yields results

Published April 2nd, 2013 - 01:28 GMT
A crackdown on piracy in Jordan yielded strong results for the National Library Department
A crackdown on piracy in Jordan yielded strong results for the National Library Department

The National Library Department (NLD) [in Jordan] confiscated around 30,000 pirated DVDs, CDs and books in the first quarter of 2013, which is 20 per cent higher than items seized during the same period in 2012, the department said on Monday.

The number of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violators the department referred to court reached 120 cases during the January-March period of this year, 15 per cent higher than the cases referred during the same period in 2012, NLD Director General Mohammad Abbadi told The Jordan Times.

A large number of those referred to court are repeat offenders, according to Abbadi, who noted that pirated movie DVDs and CDs made up the majority of the confiscated goods, followed by games and music.

He added that the department will launch a series of activities and campaigns on the occasion of the World Intellectual Property Day, which falls on April 26.

"We will hold a series of workshops and training programmes on IPR law in Jordan and the risks of IPR violations to the country," Abbadi said.

"We will also launch a campaign to crack down on stores that sell pirated items and train personnel working at the Jordan Customs Department on how to detect pirated items and familiarise them with the IPR law," he added.

The volume of commerce in pirated software, games, DVDs and books amounted to about JD14 million ($20 million) in 2012.

The Jordanian Copyright Law stipulates that it is a crime to download software, music or movies that are protected under the legislation.

Offenders face a prison sentence of between three months and three years and a fine ranging from JD1,000 ($1,400) to JD6,000 ($8,568).

Software piracy in Jordan rose by 1 per cent in 2011, but the rate was still among the lowest in the region, according to a study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

The Kingdom registered a 58 per cent software piracy rate in 2011, compared with 57 per cent in 2010 and 2009, according to the ninth annual BSA Global Software Piracy Study.

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