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Eight Kuwaiti IT resellers face trial

Kuwait's Ministry of Information busted eight resellers selling pirated software in November. Now the authorities have passed the cases to the public prosecutor.

Eight computer resellers in Kuwait are facing trial for software piracy. Cases have been filed against the traders with the public prosecutor, all of which were raided in a single swoop by Kuwait’s Ministry of Information late in November last year."This action was unprecedented in its scope, and once again demonstrates that the Kuwaiti authorities are committed to upholding the law against copyright theft in Kuwait," said BSA regional director Jawad Al Redha."Once again, companies have found that the price for breaking the law is not worth paying: the risk of prosecution, loss of market reputation, fines and confiscation. All of these eight companies now face those risks," Al Redha added.The companies were all raided in a single, 3-hour action by the Ministry's enforcement officials that saw visits to over five shopping malls in the area, which is rich in computer stores. A number of computers and software packages were seized in the course of the raid."The future of Kuwait's computer market depends on the growth of a sound and capable IT sector. Resellers that can compete on a level playing field and that can service the needs of their customers, international companies that are willing to invest in the country and the growth of opportunities for local software developers and entrepreneurs are all dependent on the protection of the law," said Al Redha."This is another clear signal that the Kuwaiti authorities are both willing and able to provide that protection."

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