BSA anti piracy road show a success
Manama, January 14, 2008
Business Software Alliance (BSA) in collaboration with the Bahrain Ministry of Information has successfully concluded an anti software piracy road show in Bahrain.
This is part of a region-wide initiative to create public awareness of intellectual property rights issues. BSA is the international association established by the software industry to promote a safe and legal digital world.
The road show also sought to show support and help fortify Bahrain's anti-piracy strategy for 2008. The country is poised to enhance its anti-piracy performance after recording significant gains in the past few years, as it reduced up to four percentage points from its piracy rating during a three-year period ending in 2006, according to global IT research firm IDC.
"The Government of Bahrain is committed to protecting the interest of the IT sector. It is our aim to intensify campaign our especially given the fact that Bahrain has the highest ICT adoption rate in the Arab world. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Business Software Alliance in helping us strengthen and develop our anti-piracy strategy for the coming year," said director of publication, Ministry of Information, Kingdom of Bahrain, Jamal Dawood.
“Bahrain’s anti-software piracy initiatives play a key role in improving investor confidence in the country and ultimately boosting economic growth. BSA is pleased with the commitment being shown by the Kingdom of Bahrain in thwarting crimes against intellectual property, which pose a significant threat to its burgeoning IT sector,” said Microsoft IPR manager in the Gulf Jawad Al Redha.
Bahrain topped the Madar Research Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Use Index for 2005, posting the highest ICT adoption rate among 18 Arab countries. The country emerged with the highest adoption rates in mobile and fixed phone subscription and in Internet users. – TradeArabia News Service