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Pirated software smuggling from Syria declined in 2012

By Mohammad Ghazal - Jan 29,2013 - Last updated at Jan 29,2013

AMMAN — Smuggling of pirated software from Syria dropped by 70 per cent in 2012 compared to the year before, according to the National Library Department (NLD).

Most of the pirated software sold in the country over the past few years came from Syria, but the ongoing violence there caused the quantity of smuggled goods to drop last year, NLD Director General Mohammad Abbadi said on Tuesday.

“In 2012, we saw an increase in the volume of locally manufactured pirated CDs and DVDs as the pirated software trade was hit badly in light of the decrease in smuggled items from Syria,” he told The Jordan Times over the phone.

Pirated PlayStation games were the most commonly smuggled items from Syria, followed by DVDs, video CDs, music and software, he said.

Meanwhile, Abbadi said he expected demand on pirated software to increase during the next few weeks, especially with the start of new school semester, noting that NLD inspectors will be focusing on software piracy during that period.

“When universities and schools start the semester, we see a great rise in demand for pirated software, while demand for entertainment such as movies, music and games drops sharply,” he added.

The department referred 467 intellectual property rights (IPR) violators to court in 2012, the NLD director general said, including 55 cases to the use and sale of pirated software that violated the IPR rights of Microsoft.

Also last year, the NLD confiscated more than 185,000 pirated DVDs, CDs and books.

The Jordanian Copyright Law stipulates that it is a crime to download software, music or movies that are protected under the legislation.

Offenders face a prison sentence of between three months and three years and a fine ranging from JD1,000 to JD6,000.

Software piracy in Jordan rose by 1 per cent in 2011, according to a study by the Business Software Alliance. 

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