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Copy That: Over Three Million Infringing Items Seized In Saudi Arabia

January 5, 2021

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) is continuously proving its prowess after it has successfully confiscated and destroyed more than 3.5 million items that were in violation of intellectual property rights. This news was announced on November 9, 2020 and follows the handover of all copyright-related matters, which include the enforcement of said rights, from the Ministry of Media to the SAIP.

The infringing products that were confiscated by the SAIP included illegally copied books, satellite broadcasting devices, and computer program storage devices. In addition, the authorities concerned also seized devices that copy audio works.

This massive takedown operation comes as the culmination of many successful campaigns by the SAIP that targeted various cities in Saudi Arabia as part of their efforts to raise awareness and enforce intellectual property rights within the Kingdom. Ever since its inception, the SAIP has made it clear that there will be no clemency for any violation of any intellectual property rights.

While most of the seized items were destroyed, the SAIP was able to recycle nearly one million items. In a statement made on their official website, the SAIP states that “we are continuing our efforts to confront items that violate intellectual property rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by destroying and recycling them in collaboration with the concerned entities and to preserve the environment.”

Such developments are a clear testament to the fact that Saudi Arabia is nurturing the right environment for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

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