MoE, NMC tackle intellectual piracy

Abu Dhabi, 20 July 2009 Ministry of Economy (MoE) with National Media Council (NMC) in Dubai  organised a seminar on the ways to deal with intellectual piracy here in Abu Dhabi.

The issues discussed in the workshop included techniques to identify fake and imitated artworks, and illegally copied computer software, CDs and other material violating federal law no. 7 for 2002.

In line with this, the Department of ‘Media Content Tracking’ at the National Media Council held training seminars for 21 employees from the Minsitry including practical and theoretical activities.

Abdullah Al Hussein, Director of the Censorship Department at the Ministry of Economy, reiterated the ministry’s commitment to accelerate efforts to curb piracy.

He said that more workshops will held on this topic, noting that such activities will contribute to enhancing expertise sharing and coordination between concerned federal and local bodies. He said that the ongoing initiatives will help in developing efficient control tools compliant with the latest global systems and practices.

Al Hussein, added: “This move will ensure strengthening our country’s stature as a referral point for intellectual ownership rights in the region at the same time positioning the UAE globally amongst the most developed countries from both legislative and executive perspectives.” Jumaa Obaid Al Leem, Director of the ‘Media Content Tracking’ Department at the National Media Council, who supervised the training seminars said, “We are keen to share our extensive expertise and learning with the MoE inspectors. This is part of executing a practical partnership plan to ensure coordination and cooperation in undertaking joint projects.

It will allow other governmental bodies to benefit from previous experiences thus contributing to improving performance and achieving excellence.” The practical activities included training the employees on how to identify fake art works, modern forgery techniques, as well as exercises on market raids. It discussed legal framework for raids and seizure procedures in addition to police forces rights. The theoretical side focused on ways to implement federal law no. 7 for 2002.