From The Jordan Times:
The National Library Department (NLD) is developing a strategy to reduce the software piracy rate to below 50 per cent over the next three years, according to NLD Director General Mohammad Abbadi.
“The strategy, which will be implemented over a three-year period starting 2013, entails intensifying our raids on violators and raising awareness about the dangers of software piracy and its impact on the economy,” Abbadi told The Jordan Times on Tuesday.
“It is unfortunate that software piracy rose in 2011 compared to 2010, but we will do our best to make it below 50 per cent,” he said.
Software piracy in Jordan rose by 1 per cent in 2011, but the rate was still among the lowest in the region, according to a study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
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.
The lowest piracy rate in the region was registered in the UAE (37 per cent), followed by Qatar (50 per cent), Saudi Arabia (51 per cent) and Bahrain (54 per cent), according to the BSA report.
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