Riyadh Abdul Aziz
Riyadh Abdul Aziz is a blogger interested in the relationship between the web and society who works as a legal researcher for the government of Oman. He is interested in technology, intellectual property, and law. You can e-mail Riyadh at firstname.lastname@example.org
The penalties prescribed in the law for copyright infringement are outrageous and do not provide a solution to copyright piracy. According to the Omani Copyright Law, a person who infringes copyright protection may be imprisoned for up to two years and may be fined up to RO10,000. In Saudi, the fine for copyright infringement can go up to SAR150,000, and in Kuwait, it can go up to KWD50,000.
Many Omani government agencies have a very strong Web presence nowadays on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even on WhatsApp, but it looks like having an actual website of their own does not seem to be part of their digital strategy.
The Omani government does not produce cultural works with the expectation of receiving direct financial returns out of their production. Allowing us to copy government produced works and re-use them freely will be beneficial to society.
Many organisations in Oman collect personal data of individuals who use their services without any legal framework to ensure that this data is not misused.
The availability of Netflix to users in Oman does not only provide consumers with more choices, but it also reduces online piracy, supports the adoptions of broadband, and facilitates the creation of a culture of paying for digital services.