Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry has developed a training programme to help its inspectors and law enforcement bodies identify pirated software more easily.
The programme, which was held recently in collaboration with the Business Software Alliance (BSA), aimed to help participants — who are responsible for carrying out investigations against companies suspected or found to be in breach of intellectual property rights (IPR) laws — to distinguish between original and pirated software.
“The ministry has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to boost the anti-piracy drive which includes awareness programmes, training initiatives and stricter enforcement of IPR laws,” said Omar Faisal Al-Gahadami, director of consumer protection department at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Oman.
“Through this training programme, we seek to become more acquainted with the ways and means to easily identify pirated software, thus lending further impetus to the country’s efforts to curb the threat of software piracy.”
The BSA said that sufficient expertise in recognising pirated software was essential to the success of an anti-piracy campaign.