The Department of the National Library has raided a retail computer shop and confiscated suspected unlicensed Microsoft software and a computer purportedly pre-installed with unlicensed software for sale to business and home users. The use of stolen IT in the manufacturing sector by purchasing or selling illegal software is both and an immoral and illegal act that hurts consumers, creators and the country’s economy and community.
In line with the Jordanian Intellectual Property Law, which states that unlicensed and pirated software are illegal in the Kingdom, the Department of the National Library has been carrying out raids against commercial establishments involved in the sale of unlicensed software, demonstrating the Kingdom’s continued commitment to the development of a safe and legal environment for local developers and innovators to prosper.
Mr. Mohammed Younis Abbadi, Acting Director General of Department of the National Library stated, “The impact of software piracy on the local economy is significant, harming the local ecosystem that depends upon legitimate software sales in their businesses. Therefore, we are fully committed to protecting and enforcing copyrights and Intellectual Property Rights in Jordan to set the groundwork for the development and progress of future generations.”
Microsoft and the Department of the National Library aim to pursue Intellectual Property infringements all over Jordan and to spread awareness on intellectual property rights and the value of genuine software. Microsoft is committed to ensuring manufacturers and other businesses are aware of their responsibilities to use genuine software and supports local law enforcement agencies to identify the suspected use of pirated software.
Contrary to popular belief, piracy does not benefit consumers and businesses, but rather it contributes to endangering local innovators and entrepreneurs in all areas including video, film making, audio, music producers and much more. The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world's software industry, estimates the PC software piracy rate in Jordan has been at 57% for the last 2 years and as a member of the BSA, Microsoft supports enhancing anti-piracy efforts by local law enforcement agencies to reduce software piracy and economically benefit of the Kingdom.
Sana Jaser, Anti-Piracy and Intellectual Property Manager at Microsoft Jordan, stated, “Pirated software is illegal, and we will continue to work with the Department of National Library and official enforcement entities to investigate those companies suspected of selling pirated software to our customers. Companies that are using unlicensed software also risk enforcement action, and are often exposed to other risks associated with the use of pirated software, such as breaches of privacy and data theft, the loss of valuable business information, system instability, loss of productivity, and the potential introduction of malware and viruses to their IT ecosystem.”
For more information on how to protect yourself from counterfeit software, as well as tips and tricks for how to spot and avoid illegal software, please visit Microsoft’s anti-counterfeiting site http://www.howtotell.com.