Jordan’s capital of Amman has hosted its first-ever First Regional IPR and Cyber Crime Conference, highlighting the progress of Arab countries in intellectual property rights protection, and exploring recommendations for governments and companies on how reduce software piracy.
Two-thirds of Middle East companies are at risk of using unlicensed or pirated software, 67 percent of businesses lack formal systems for software asset management, and 80 percent fail to identify the operational and viral threats to businesses using pirated software, according to Abdallah Saqqa, general manager, Middle East & North Africa, Adobe Systems, one of the organizers of the conference.
The event brought to light a host of issues industry the public and private sector face as a result of software piracy and breaching of intellectual property rights, including violation of user privacy, cyber crime, and the effect of intellectual property rights infringement on the business environment.
Conference participants came up with action recommendations for government and industry, which included promoting R&D focused on cyber crime, and establishing specialized cyber-crime courts and passing new laws that help protect user and company rights
In most Middle Eastern nations, software piracy over the last few years has only varied by around 2-3 percent, however, the financial losses this represents can exceed more than $100 million in some countries.