Thirty four Saudi students have been expelled from the United States. The threat? Having pirated software.
The Makkah Newspaper reported the news. The paper (via Google Translate) says that the 34 students were not allowed to complete their studies and will be going to study in other countries. In addition, 40 tourists were denied entry into the U.S. and blacklisted because of non-licensed software on mobile devices.
I’ve been searching, but so far have been unable to find information about students from other countries being kicked out for this. As a current student, I would estimate that at least 60 percent of students at any given university have pirated material on their computers.
The European Union has similarly been checking software since 2009. Three Saudi students in Australia were also expelled for the same reason.
TorrentFreak says the Saudi government recently disclosed their anti-piracy efforts from 2013. There were 2,500 inspections at various businesses. 7,590 violations were found. Temporary shutdowns were enforced at some of the businesses, adding up to 3,562 total days.
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