Egypt has announced the establishment of a digital forensic lab to detect software piracy.
The lab, which is being set up by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), will help support intellectual property rights and government actions against pirated software.
The facility will be able to recover data and evidence of piracy from digital devices, which will be admissible in court. It will also be able to support investigative capabilities and ease the digital forensic evidence acquisition, analysis, and reporting.
The cutting-edge techniques and latest technologies employed in the lab devise a roadmap for judges, prosecutors, and lawyers. The practiced procedures enable them to distinguish the counterfeit products from the genuine and manage the intellectual property and digital piracy issues at hand.
"Over the last couple of years, ITIDA's IPR office has undertaken comprehensive actions to increase IP enforcement with all the stakeholders like the economic courts; i.e., judges and prosecutors, police officers, and copyright owners," said Dr Mohamed Hegazy, Egypt's IPR Office Manager.
The IPR office has also provided extensive training and capacity-building programs in legal, technical and practical aspects during 2017 to more than 900 police officers, 97 journalists from the National Broadcasting Authority, 125 employees from different software companies, in addition to 473 judges and prosecutors in the economic courts.
"We are committed to sustaining our success in combating IP infringement and expanding IP rights. The launch of this lab enables us to achieve our targets," Hegazy added. "Only in 2017, we have delivered technical expertise reports of 96 cases to the economic courts, registered 203 computer software programs and issued 267 licenses for the first time."