As part of the UAE government’s ongoing activity to fight the use and sale of illegal software, three resellers were raided Monday, April 2, in the areas of Karama and Khalid Bin Waleed Rd in Dubai. A total of 17 PCs were seized, loaded with illegal copies of Microsoft Windows ME, Windows 98 and Microsoft Office 97.
The protection of intellectual property, including software and Internet content is regarded as a vital keystone necessary to building a healthy national IT environment. Knowing that their rights are protected, international and local software developers are encouraged to invest and setup offices in the country.
The UAE is active in promoting copyright protection, with the use and sale of illegal software dropping in the past few years. The UAE was among the first countries in the region to be removed from the 301-watch list.
Although raids are efficient tools in enforcing the law, they are always left as a last option. Companies that are reported to use or sell illegal software receive several notices and warnings, in addition to offers of assistance from the BSA to license their software. Only those who repeatedly refuse to comply with these notifications are raided.
On March 31, the Ministry of Information held an event where illegal software in addition to copied videos and audio products were destroyed, having been seized over the last two years by the ministry. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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