The Kuwaiti ministry of information confiscated nearly 200,000 illegally reproduced computer software, “Play Station” cartridges and videocassettes since February 2000, when Kuwait began enforcing its intellectual property law, reported Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.
It was reported that lawsuits have been filed against 21 Kuwaiti storeowners for selling the illegal merchandise. These reproductions were sold for a total of one million Kuwaiti dinars ($3.3 million), despite the fact that their real market value exceeds KD 50 million ($150 million).
An international report recently revealed that most Middle Eastern countries have achieved noticeable success in terms of fighting computer piracy practices. Piracy rates have declined to 57 percent in 2000, down from 69 percent in 1999. Losses incurred as a result decreased as well, from $284 million to $240 million during the same period.
The UAE still has the lowest computer piracy rate in the region, and it saw yet further decline from 47 percent in 1999 to 44 percent in 2000. Losses due to piracy in the UAE dropped from $7.6 million to $5.3 million consequently.
Piracy rates in Saudi Arabia declined from 64 percent in 1999 to 59 percent in 2000, with losses dropping from $29.9 million to $21.6 million. ― (MENA Report)
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