Inspectors from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) confiscated 311 pirated computer game CDs during a sudden inspection campaign at outlets selling such products in the New Al Rayyan area.
The violating outlets were fined for flouting Law No 7 of 2002 pertaining to copyright and related matters. A number of articles of the law lay down punitive measures such as fines and confiscation for such violations.
The raids are part of the MEC’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers and control markets and commercial activities, unearth the sale of pirated products, remove fake and counterfeit items from the local market and ensure that outlets adhere to laws pertaining to the protection of intellectual property rights, the ministry stressed in a statement.
The MEC has warned violators of strict action, adding that they will be referred to the authorities concerned to ensure they are penalised in accordance with the law.
Customers have been urged to report violations related to intellectual property rights through the following communication channels: hotline (16001), email ([email protected]), Twitter (@MEC_Qatar), Instagram (MEC_Qatar) and the MEC mobile app for Android and IOS (MEC_Qatar).
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