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Ignoring the following information can lead to serious problems for computer users.

What is the law?
In March 1999, the Lebanese Parliament passed a new Copyright Law that replaced the 1924 law. The new law expanded the scope of the rights enjoyed by copyright owners, increased the penalties and provided for stronger enforcement regulations. Today, like before, it is illegal to import, make, distribute,  sell, or rent copies of copyrighted materials without authorization from the owner. No copies except one backup copy shall be made without the specific authorization of the copyright owner.

What are the penalties?
Lebanon's Copyright law prohibits reproduction of software without permission from the owner of the copyrighted computer program. If caught with pirated software, you or your company may be prosecuted under the provisions of the Copyright law. The penalties under the law include a fine of up to LL 50,000,000,   seizure and/or destruction of the pirate copies and equipment used for illegal copying, closure of the establishment for a period of time, and/or a prison sentence of a minimum of one month and extending up to three years. For repetition of the offence, the penalties will be doubled.

Your responsibilities as a user
Your first responsibility as a software user is to purchase original programs only for your use. If you purchase software for business use, every computer at your place of business must have its own set of original software and accompanying documentation. It is illegal to purchase a single copy of original software to load onto more than one computer, or to lend, copy or distribute software for any reason without the prior consent of the copyright owner.

When purchasing software, make sure you buy legitimate products. Many counterfeit packaged products are designed to look similar to the original manufacturer's products but are of inferior quality. Consequently purchasers and users of counterfeit or copied software face unnecessary risks:

? Viruses, corrupt disks, or otherwise defective software;
? Inadequate (or illegally copied) documentation;
? Lack of technical product support available to registered users; and
? Lack of software upgrades offered to registered users.

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In addition, if you purchase software that is counterfeit or copied, you not only deny the software developer its rightful revenue, but also harm the industry as a whole. All software developers, big and small, Lebanese and foreign, spend literally years developing software for public use. A portion of every Lira spent in purchasing original software is funneled back into research and development so that better and more advanced software may be produced. When you purchase counterfeit software, your money goes directly into the pockets of software pirates. The company that develops the software package does not get any money from sale of illegal software..

Government commitment to law enforcement:
The Lebanese Government is committed to protecting the rights of copyright owners. Surprise raids will be conducted and deterrent penalties will be imposed. These raids against software pirates will encourage the purchase of original software.

HIBRI Computer Services:
HCS, HIBRI Computer Services, is offering original licensed software, as always, and is ready to supply you with all licenced software you may need.

For more information pleases contact:

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Office : Mar Ellias Main Road , Near RED SHOE , Byblos Bank Building 3rd Flr.
Tel (01) 311 607 -  (03) 811 805, Fax (01) 311 607, E-mail sales@hcs.com.lb .

Showroom : Zarif, Rashid Nakhleh St . In between Al-Atiba Hospital and Speza Supermarket. Tel : (01)377952 (01)377953 (03)835876.
E-mail : support@hcs.com.lb .

Warehouse : Mazraa St. near Al-Khalia Al Saoudia
Webpage : www.hcs.com.lb