13-07-2010, 07:26 PM
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) - Abu Dhabi
The United Arab Emirates has taken the initiative to protect Intellectual Property Rights by applying successful procedures to prevent illegal decryption of PayChannels on the Internet. The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) launched the initiative in collaboration of the telecom operators where they have successfully blocked illegal Internet traffic used to unscramble the encrypted PayChannels for the first time worldwide.
H.E. Mohammed Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA said: "The UAE gives utmost importance to Intellectual Property to ensure the most advantageous economic environment through supporting owners of property rights. This step will protect consumers against this type of fraud and it will limit infringement of Intellectual Property Rights and violation of federal laws."
In the same context, the TRA warns of the unlawful use of telecom services which harm consumers and the national economy. The TRA also urges the consumers to take caution while purchasing satellite receivers or PayChannel services by ensuring its legitimacy.
The PayChannels were illegally decrypted and distributed over the internet using "Card Sharing," a method through which a satellite receiver obtains decryption data continuously from an active card, while being connected to the internet. This illegal action infringes Intellectual Property Rights of others and violates federal laws, many consumers fall victims for such illegal activity.
Notes and contacts
The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) was set up by government decree No. 3 of 2003. The TRA is a regulatory body that oversees the telecom sector and the licensees in the UAE in accordance with the terms of Legislative Decree no.3 of 2003, and implements the instructions of the Supreme Committee for Telecommunications.
The TRA is an independent body and its duties include ensuring telecom services are available to all provinces of the country, assuring that the licensed operators fully follow established rules and regulations, protecting the interests of subscribers, developing telecom sector and helping to implement the best and most advanced technologies.
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Huda Al Mutawa
Director, Corporate Communications Affair
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