Adobe has predicted that the recent drop in software piracy rates across the Middle East will spur an increase in software development there.

Adobe Europe's Middle East regional manager Ibrahim Lahoud told Middle East IT news service "The region’s impressive achievements in reducing software piracy are motivating international software developers to enhance their commitment by introducing more advanced products in the market."

He continued: "This implies that they will invest more in developing Arabic versions of their programs, once they are convinced that piracy is on the decline. Local software developers will be encouraged to hike their investments in customized solutions for the regional market."

Adobe credits the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for its role in protecting the rights of software vendors throughout the region.

The BSA speaks to governments and the international marketplace on behalf of the world's commercial software industry. It advocates innovation and competition in the commercial software industry, stronger intellectual property protection, cyber security, reduction of trade barriers and liberal use of encryption technology. It also seeks to increase public awareness of copyright laws, and encourages legal use of legitimate software.

Lahuod said: "BSA has led the anti-piracy front by bringing into focus the ill-effects of piracy, including the financial loss it causes to the vendors, the risk it poses to the users' systems and the setback it causes for the economies of the region and to the IT industry as a whole."

Co-chairman of BSA Middle East Jawad Al Redha said: "Our strategy was to convince the local governments about the importance of combating piracy and this was achieved by getting copyright laws passed in most states. The interests of all international and regional software players are now well protected in the region."