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BSA supports new Kuwait joint task force on IPR

The launch of a new joint task force to tackle copyright infringement by the Kuwait Municipality and the Ministry of Information has been welcomed by the BSA

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has welcomed the move by Kuwaiti authorities to focus its anti-piracy operations in one agency. The Kuwait Ministry of Information and the Kuwait Municipality announced today that they will form a joint taskforce to work against copyright infringement in the country.“Kuwait is moving to achieve an economic environment that is free of piracy in all its forms,” said Jawad Al-Redha, regional director of the BSA. “The Kuwaiti government started by signing international agreements on intellectual property, then it created the intellectual property department at the ministry of information, and today, the announcement of the joint task force comes to confirm the country’s will to eradicate piracy in order to enable Kuwait’s creative community, businessmen and investors to proceed with their work and benefit from the results of their efforts.”There had been some concern that piracy was on the increase in Kuwait, particularly in music, film and software markets, but this move marks the resolve of the authorities to eliminate the problem, commented Al-Redha.“Kuwaiti authorities are very well aware of the harms that piracy could bring onto the economy and they are working hard to take the measures that will stop illicit activities and encourage the business climate and legal investments in the country. I also want to take this opportunity to, again, offer all assistance from the BSA to the Ministry of Information; now and in the future,” he said.

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