Satellite television receivers found in a shop in Abu Dhabi during a raid by the Department of Economic Development, which said using such devices is illegal and can attract prosecution. Image Credit: Courtesy: DED

Abu Dhabi: The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Abu Dhabi has confiscated free-to-air satellite television receivers from a shop in Abu Dhabi during an inspection campaign, the department said on Thursday.

The seized equipment was found to contravene the federal laws pertaining to broadcasting and telecommunications.

The action was part of DED’s ongoing campaign to clamp down on illegally encrypted receivers in the capital that breach the laws and regulations of the Emirates.

The department called on all members of UAE society not to use these devices and illegally pull down free satellite television signals because it may expose them to commercial fraud and can have legal repercussions for them.

It pointed out that the state’s national telecommunications companies provide these services legally and stressed the importance of respecting intellectual property and related rights, which are safeguarded by UAE’s laws and regulations.

The department stressed that it would continue its inspection campaigns to stop the circulation of these illegal devices and seek to prosecute those who break the laws of the country.

The campaign is based on Federal Law and regulations in UAE. These laws are enforced to guarantee intellectual property rights, safeguard other related rights and follow best international practices.