More than half of Asia’s software illegal: study

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More than half the computer software used in the Asia Pacific region last year was illegally downloaded and cost the region billions in lost economic potential, a study released said.

According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the regional software piracy rate was 53 percent in 2004, unchanged from the previous year. Globally, the situation improved slightly to 35 percent from 36 percent illegally downloaded in 2003.

If efforts to cut the piracy rate by 10 percentage points to 43 percent by 2009 are successful, 135 billion dollars could be pumped into the region’s economies and state coffers boosted by an extra 14 billion dollars in new tax revenues, the association of software makers said.

Source: AFP


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