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BSA: Asia Pacific's software piracy is on the rise

Posted: 20 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), software piracy increased last year in the Asia-Pacific region. The average PC software piracy rate in 2007 increased to 59 percent of the software in use in the region from 55 percent in 2006. One of the reasons seen in the jump in figures was China's growing share in the region's overall PC market.

Losses from software piracy in the region rose to more than $14 billion in 2007 from almost $12 billion in 2006, reports the BSA.

Jeffrey Hardee, BSA's VP and regional director, said the Asia-Pacific market for PC software is growing rapidly as incomes rise in emerging economies.

The high growth rate for PC sales in countries such as China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam, which have large populations, is resulting in a higher loss from piracy compared with mature markets, he said.

China's software piracy rate had fallen in three previous years but held steady at 82 percent from 2006 to 2007 as PC shipments to homes and small businesses grew rapidly, BSA said.

Expanding usage of the Internet in the region could also worsen piracy through illegal downloading of software and unauthorised sharing of files, Hardee said.

BSA, whose members include Microsoft, Apple, McAfee and other major industry players, defines says piracy includes illegal manufacture, the retail sale of pirated software, unauthorised downloading or uploading, and use of unlicensed software by businesses.

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