'Anti-piracy campaign to target stores near universities' [Jordan Times, Amman]
(Jordan Times, The Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 29--AMMAN -- The National Library Department (NLD) will launch a campaign this week to crack down on the sale of pirated software and material, as a new academic year at universities begins.
"At the start of the new scholastic year at universities, sales of pirated books, CDs, DVDs, software and other items rise significantly; therefore, we will start our raids on violating stores and bookstores as of this week," NLD Director General Mohammad Abbadi said on Saturday.
NLD teams will check on stories and bookstores surrounding universities across the Kingdom under the campaign and will confiscate all pirated materials and file lawsuits against violating shops, Abbadi told The Jordan Times over the phone.
The official said the department, in cooperation with security personnel, raided a house in Amman over the weekend that was used as a warehouse for storing pirated items.
"Our teams confiscated more than 9,000 pirated CDs and DVDs from the warehouse, which belongs to a nearby store," he added.
"Stores selling pirated items have started renting flats in residential areas to use them as warehouses to avoid being caught selling pirated items," Abbadi said.
A lawsuit was filed against the store, which is located in a west Amman neighbourhood, he noted.
Also last week, NLD staff raided a store in downtown Amman selling pirated CDs and DVDs.
"A lawsuit was filed against the owner of the store and more than 6,000 pirated items were confiscated," said Abbadi.
The software industry's losses in Jordan have been increasing every year, amounting to $31 million in 2011 compared with $28 million in 2010, $26 million in 2009 and $22 million in 2008, according to a recent report by the Business Software Alliance.
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.
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