By Elsa Baxter
Traders in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah fined and shops closed in anti-piracy clampdown.
Major illegal book traders operating in three emirates have been fined and their shops closed down after anti-piracy raids by UAE authorities.
Three major illegal book traders have been charged with violating copyright law, according to a statement by the Ministry of Economy (MoE) on Tuesday
Some shops stocking counterfeit books in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah have also been shut after the raids by police and MoE officials, and the owners fined, the ministry said.
“This manifests the extent and coverage of our campaign against all forms of piracy and delivers a clear message that we will not tolerate such illegal activities in our country,” said Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Alshihhi, MoE undersecretary.
Hundreds of illegal traders have been arrested as part of a wider anti-piracy campaign, considered to be the first of its kind in the region Alshihhi added.
He said the move would help “strengthen the image of the UAE as a safe business destination and an attractive market for the international publishing industry”.
The raids were carried out in conjunction with the Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA).
“We strongly believe that this move will encourage international publishers to continue reaching out to the Arab World with high-quality literary work, while also giving confidence to Arab writers and publishers in particular,” Ola Khudair, deputy CEO, AAA, said.
I support these actions against piracy and counterfit copies but at the same time the orginal suppliers should consider revising their prices to make it more affordable to for us buy orginal. In general this rule to be applied to all differnt industy & manufacturing like movies, automtive spare parts ,books, etcl
Likewise smoking; which is banned at public places. Why not address the roots instead of talking and twisting the twigs..?? These are double standards..which should be abolished before abolishing piracy. Piracy is a blessing for those who cannot afford..for those who constitute 63%-70% of the population anywhere.. Public welfare is not important as Publisher's welfare is..
western multinational companies are creating laws in developing countries to protect themselves and their bottom line. They are not doing it for the good of these countries but to increase their profits. They sell overpriced products and control their market share by imposing restrictive copyright laws. anyone should be able to buy or sell whatever they want.. After these restrictive laws are in place and enforced prices start going up.