Jun 21 2012
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Crack Down on illegal television reception
Thursday, Jun 21, 2012
The Criminal Investigation Department in Dubai Police has stepped up its efforts to fight piracy of encrypted satellite channels and violation of intellectual property rights, it was announced on Wednesday.
The move aims to protect economic development, encourage investment and enhance regional efforts to combat this trend, which causes losses to providers of paid television channels.
Brigadier Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Director of CID, said the economic crime section is carrying out a large-scale campaign in cooperation with providers, who sent written complaints against sellers and users of illegal decoders.
As for individual violations, the offenders are given the same grace period by placing stickers on their doors or at the entrance or elevators of the building, which is done by the providers’ representatives, he said.
Brig Al Mansouri said most residents respond to warnings, and four cases were referred to prosecutors last week.
“Police do not raid apartments or confiscate passports over these violations, and all policemen do is knock on doors and ask residents to give their decoders and cards and summon them to the department,” he said.
Lieutenant Colonel Salah Bu Osaiba, Director of the Economic Crime Section, said the campaign was launched after several complaints from providers against individuals and property management companies who were using illegal decoders to receive paid television services.
By Dina Aboul Hosn Staff Reporter
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