Crackdown on stores selling pirated software starts next week
AMMAN, Mar 06, 2013 (Jordan Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The National Library Department (NLD) will start cracking down on stores that sell pirated software across the country next week after receiving a list of their addresses from Microsoft Corporation.
"Microsoft, which recently informed us that it will send a list of more than 300 shops in Jordan that sell pirated software, has started to provide us with the addresses of some of these stores," NLD Director General Mohammad Abbadi told The Jordan Times on Tuesday.
"Next week, we will start sending text messages to all shops that sell software, DVDs and CDs in the country informing them of the need to stop selling pirated material," Abbadi said.
The text messages will be sent as part of the e-government programme and in cooperation with the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, he noted.
"After sending the text messages, our inspection teams will visit several stores across the country to check on their abidance by the law.
"Violating stores will be ticketed and their owners referred to court," Abbadi added.
He said NLD teams would begin with the shops whose addresses were provided by Microsoft.
"We will not be lenient with the violators because selling pirated software not only harms investments and citizens, but also negatively affects the economy."
In Jordan, 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.
The NLD has referred about 80 cases of intellectual property rights violations to court since early 2013 until the end of February, according to Abbadi.
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