Anti-piracy authorities in Doha, Qatar recently collaborated with the Qatar Ministry of Justice and Microsoft Gulf, a member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, to conduct raids on three Doha-based IT resellers. The raids resulted in the confiscation of CDs and PCs loaded with suspected counterfeit Microsoft software, including Windows and Office.
“The Ministry of Justice is keen on ensuring that the steady economic growth being witnessed in Qatar at present is not compromised by acts of piracy that adversely affect the country’s IT sector. The anti-piracy raids being conducted in Qatar send a strong message that intellectual property rights violation of any kind will not be tolerated in the country. The Ministry of Justice will continue to extend all possible support to the concerned authorities to curb software piracy in Qatar,” said Abdullah Ahmad Qayed, Director of Intellectual Property Center, Qatar’s Ministry of Justice.
“Over the years, we have been receiving strong support from the Qatar Ministry of Justice and concerned anti-piracy authorities, which has been instrumental in the sustained success of our anti-piracy initiatives in Qatar. The latest raid on three resellers in Doha will go a long way in sending a clear message to counterfeiters and IT resellers that any form of piracy will be firmly dealt with,” said Jawad Al Redha, BSA Chair in the Gulf region.