The UAE is the only Arab country ranked among the lowest-piracy countries in the world, the ninth annual global software piracy study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in partnership with IDC and Ipsos Public Affairs suggested.
Gulf states suffered losses worth $850 million last year due to software piracy, up 11.55% over the $762 million incurred in 2010 amid unprecedented ICT industry growth.
The report also noted that computer shipments to the Gulf region stood at 6.3 million units in 2011, up from 5.2 million in 2010, an increase of 21.15%.
Software piracy rate in the UAE is around 37%, with one percent increase last year.
Software piracy losses across the globe hit $60 billion for the first time in 2011. The value of unlicensed software was around $58.8 billion in year before.
“We are committed to stepping up our anti-piracy initiatives in the Gulf region to curb piracy levels and we will continue to work closely with key government agencies and private sector organisations to create greater awareness about the negative impact of intellectual property rights violations and software piracy across the Gulf,” Jawad Al Reda, chairman of BSA, Gulf region, said.
“The UAE is leading the way in the Gulf when it comes to setting and enforcing rules and regulations that protect intellectual properties, and hence it has the lowest percentage piracy rate in the region,” Nasser Samaenah, regional licence compliance manager, Adobe – Middle East and North Africa region, said.