20 PCs seized in anti-piracy raid

DUBAI - The UAE authorities have seized 20 PCs loaded with illegal software from a construction company in Abu Dhabi.

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Published: Mon 12 Apr 2004, 11:55 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:59 PM

The UAE authorities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Information (MoI), has raided the headquarters of a construction company in Abu Dhabi and seized 20 PCs loaded with illegal software.

Scott Butler, CEO of AAA, said: "This raid conducted in cooperation with the Dubai police reflects our commitment to eliminating software piracy in the region. The UAE has in place stringent laws against violation of copyright and anti-piracy laws.

According to UAE laws, all companies and individuals have to provide evidence that the software used in their systems is legitimate and legal".

"This initiative indicates the commitment of the UAE authorities to protect the country's national economy, and in particular, the IT sector. A piracy free environment is crucial to building the right business environment in order to attract local and global investments," added Mr Butler.

"While the negative effects of using copied software are minimal on users, piracy has a far-reaching effect on IT companies in the UAE and across the region, resulting in losses worth several million dollars annually. This has forced software development companies to decrease their budget for development of new programmes, thus stifling innovation," he observed.

The UAE has made commendable progress in combating software piracy. Clear cut copyright protection laws and stringent implementation have ensured that the UAE is currently at the top of the list in the Middle East for significantly reducing the incidence of software piracy from 86 per cent in 1984 to 36 per cent in 2002.

The UAE is an excellent example of how implementation of IPR laws can help create a healthy investment climate in the region, and attract leading software multinationals. The country's strong anti-piracy stance has built a good reputation among foreign investors who are eager to do business here.

Business Software Alliance, the international organisation representing leading software and e-commerce developers has been working closely with the Ministry of Information, concerned anti-piracy authorities in the UAE, as well as local IT companies to reduce illegal software trading.

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