Citizens urged to report stores selling pirated software [Jordan Times, Amman]
(Jordan Times, The Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) March 04--AMMAN -- The National Library Department (NLD) on Sunday urged citizens to report stores that sell pirated software.
"We have recently started receiving several phone calls from citizens complaining about the quality of DVDs and CDs they bought from stores in Amman," NLD Director General Mohammad Abbadi said.
"It is very rare for citizens to call us to complain about stores that sell pirated software, because people are usually happy with these stores that sell DVDs and CDs for about JD1," Abbadi added.
"We urge citizens to inform us about these stores to help us crack down on them faster," he told The Jordan Times, adding that "those who called us complained that most of the DVDs they bought did not work and were of poor quality".
"In February, we raided some stores after receiving complaints. We would not have known the location of these shops without citizens' help," Abbadi noted.
"Citizens can lodge complaints by dialling our landline numbers at 5662791, 5662819 or 5662845, or through our Facebook page," he said.
Once the NLD receives a complaint, it will send its inspection team to the violating store to take the necessary measures and confiscate the pirated items, Abbadi added.
The NLD, he said, has referred about 80 cases of intellectual property rights violations to court since the beginning of this year and confiscated more than 40,000 pirated items.
It is a crime to download or sell pirated software, music or movies that are protected under the Jordanian Copyright Law.
Offenders face a prison sentence of between three months and three years and a fine ranging from JD1,000 to JD6,000.
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