FC: Pirate software, go to hell: BSA gets fatwa on illicit copying

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Jun 02 2002 - 14:49:25 PDT

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    From: "Roger Parloff" <rparloffat_private>
    To: "Declan McCullagh" <declanat_private>
    Subject: fatwa on piracy
    Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 07:52:53 -0400
    this should do the trick:
    A Fatwa on Piracy
    IP Worldwide
    There's a battle being waged to stop the rampant piracy of records, 
    software, movies and books in Egypt, whose 65 million people make up the 
    Middle East's biggest consumer market. In February, the Business Software 
    Alliance signed up an unusual partner -- the grand muftis at Al Azhar in 
    Cairo. And the highest religious authority in Sunni Islam issued a fatwa, 
    or edict, against piracy.
    Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 10:23:55 -0400
    From: Ernest Miller <ernest.millerat_private>
    To: declanat_private
    Subject: Copyright Industry Allies with Egyptian Clerics
    Thought you might enjoy this.
    Law.com has an article (A Fatwa on Piracy) pointing out how the Business 
    Software Alliance has allied itself with Egyptian clerics to combat 
    copyright piracy.  I'd give you the link, but it is excessively long. 
    LawMeme points out that the Eyptian religious authorities have also called 
    for a boycott of American goods.
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