UAE authorities caught up swiftly
with an internet pirate who had established a website offering modified Xbox
360 consoles to play pirated games and also sold pirated Xbox 360 games.
The target was nabbed after Dubai
law enforcement authorities, with the support of the Arabian Anti-Piracy
Alliance (AAA), provided him with an Xbox 360 console for modification and also
made enquiries about pirated Xbox 360 games. The console was modified by the
target and he was also willing to provide pirated games on the hard disk. A
raid by the authorities followed and the site operator was arrested.
Although an appeal is now
pending, the owner was sentenced to three months imprisonment by the Court of
First Instance in Dubai for copyright infringement and the illegal modification
of the Xbox 360 consoles that were seized during the raid.
Savas Yucedag, Anti-Piracy Manager for
Microsoft Gulf, said, “The law enforcement authorities and judiciary in Dubai
have made it very clear that intentionally bypassing game consoles piracy
protection mechanisms and then offering for sale or selling pirated Xbox 360 games
will not be tolerated in the UAE. As Microsoft, we fully support the actions by
the authorities to level the playing field for legitimate resellers and ensure
that our customers receive the rich experience provided by the Xbox 360 and
Kinect platform,” said.
Microsoft suggests consumers
visit the new ‘How to Tell’ website,
www.microsoft.com/howtotelll/ for details on how to spot and report non-genuine Microsoft products, including