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Resellers get raided

Bahrain's Ministry of Information has raided the premises of two unnamed IT resellers and confiscated two computers and 89 CDs containing pirated software

Bahrain's Ministry of Information has raided the premises of two unnamed IT resellers and confiscated two computers and 89 CDs containing pirated software. The raids were carried out in partnership with Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance (BSA), and are indicative of a drive to crack down on violations of intellectual property rights in the Kingdom.

"Strict enforcement of IPR laws in Bahrain is of paramount importance from an economic perspective since a piracy-free environment is bound to attract investments from leading multinational software companies," said Hasan Aun, acting director of the department of press and publication at Bahrain Ministry of Information.

The Ministry's publications and press department claims that it has been striving to combat software piracy through continuous raids and vigilance in order to reduce the negative impact of piracy on companies operating in Bahrain.

Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman at BSA Middle East, added: "Through regular awareness campaigns on the detrimental affects of using pirated software and the legal and commercial repercussions of buying and trading illegal software, retailers and end-users will make a genuine effort to safeguard copyright and IPR."

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