We noticed you're blocking ads.

Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker.

Questions about why you are seeing this? Contact us

Font Size

- Aa +

Wed 26 May 2004 04:00 AM

Font Size

- Aa +

BSA chief says buy branded

Buying branded PCs will cut piracy rates, claims the regional head of industry body the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

Buying branded PCs will cut piracy rates, claims the regional head of industry body the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

Making a statement on World IPR (intellectual property rights) Day, Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman of BSA Middle East said “Ten years ago, software piracy stood at over 95% in the Middle East, today it has dropped to less than 50%. This is reflected in the higher ratio of branded PCs in the market, compared to ssembled PCs. Ten years ago, branded PCs comprised just 30% of the market share, while today they are 55%. He went on to add “As branded PCs use original software, this indicates that the use of original software had increased significantly.”

Later asked to clarify his remarks, Al Redha said that “We do not imply that all local assembles are indulging in software piracy. The situation is such that many countries, because of lack of controls, the assemblers tend to flout the copyright laws, while branded PC manufacturers generally adopt lawful practices. The levels of piracy are therefore much higher in assembled PCs.”

There are signs however that that the local assemblers are learning the dangers of piracy. “The positive side is that due to aggressive anti-piracy campaigns, local assemblers have started using original software in their PCs. Our aim is to promote the use of original software in branded as well as assembled PCs.”

Piracy is of course an endemic problem in the Middle East. Haider Salloum, marketing manager, Microsoft South Gulf, said the company had tried various methods to combat it, but that “ultimately the best answer we have found is education.”

The BSA is using statistics from IDC in its campaign, saying that reducing software piracy can create new jobs in economies.

Arabian Business: why we're going behind a paywall

For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.

Read next