Oman, having one of the Middle East's highest rates of pirated software, is to impose two-year jail terms or fines of 2,000 riyals (more than $5,000) on copyright violators, reported the English daily Oman Times Saturday.
The new law, according to the paper, said both penalties could be imposed and that the punishment would be doubled if the violation is repeated.
Companies would be closed down and equipment confiscated in cases of conviction.
According to an industry survey released in May, losses across the Middle East from software copyright infringement rose sharply in 1999, the paper added.
Piracy rates were highest in Oman and Lebanon, where 88 percent of software in use is pirated, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) said quoted by the daily – Albawaba.com
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