MBC praises Saudi Arabia for shutting down piracy websites

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Updated 23 June 2020

MBC praises Saudi Arabia for shutting down piracy websites

  • The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) said on Monday it had shut down 231 websites

LONDON: The Middle East’s largest media company MBC has “extended its gratitude and appreciation” to Saudi Arabia for shutting down dozens of illegally-run websites.

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) said on Monday it had shut down 231 websites that were pirating and streaming content.

Some of the content being pirated by the sites belonged to MBC, the broadcaster said Tuesday.

“The SAIP, which is run by the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment, demonstrates the government’s commitment to tackling content piracy and protecting IP rights, and is an example that MBC Group highlights as one for other authorities in the MENA region to emulate,” MBC said.

“MBC Group shares the vision, mission and commitment of local authorities in terms of continuously monitoring and tackling content piracy, by forging closer ties with telecommunications regulators and other entities - thus identifying those responsible for violations.”

Dubai-based MBC said one of the company’s key pillars is to protect producers, writers, content creators and others in the sector.


TWITTER POLL: Wearing masks to be a norm even with availability of coronavirus vaccine

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TWITTER POLL: Wearing masks to be a norm even with availability of coronavirus vaccine

DUBAI: The World Health Organization has advised on the use of medical masks as to limit the spread of certain respiratory viral diseases, including COVID-19.

“Current information suggests that the two main routes of transmission of the COVID-19 virus are respiratory droplets and contact,” the global health body said in its advisory.

Masks can be used either for protection by healthy persons – to protect themselves from transmission – or by infected individuals to prevent onward transmission.

 

 

The WHO likewise advised that governments should encourage the wearing of masks where there is widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult, especially that a vaccine for coronavirus has yet to be developed that could offer protection to individuals.

Wearing masks have become a norm that even the availability of a vaccine in the future would not deter almost half of Arab News readers that were polled – at 46.6 percent – compared with those who said they will ditch these protections – at 29 percent – once a coronavirus inoculation goes into market.

Almost a quarter of those that were polled meanwhile said they did not mind either way.

Reader @KaysarRoni said face masks is essential when going to the market, to shop or to pray in the mosques, but would be “harmful for health” when worn all the time.