COMPUTER SOFTWARE PIRACY AND RELEVANT LAWS IN JORDAN

In order to tackle the problem of software piracy, Jordan’s government has passed several intellectual property laws. These laws include amendments to the 1992 Copyright Law and the institution of various regulations for the purpose of protecting intellectual property. Jordan’s National Library Department is responsible for enforcing these laws. Due to these governmental efforts software piracy has declined in Jordan. However, according to Business Software Alliance (BSA) statistics (2005) Jordan’s software piracy remains at 64%, which is above most of industrialized countries.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What legislation has been introduced by the Jordanian government related to the protection of intellectual property rights?
What materials can be protected under Jordanian copyrights laws?
What are the penalties for copyright violation in Jordan?

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