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Market value of pirated software rises, BSA report says

John E. Dunn, IDG News Service | May 12, 2011
Booming PC use in developing countries has driven the market value of pirated software to record levels, an annual IDC study for the Business Software Alliance (BSA) industry lobby group has claimed.


The BSA also commissioned a separate opinion survey of users in 32 countries, which uncovered what it said were widespread misconceptions about software licensing.

Although 81% of respondents in all countries valued legal software highly, many users in developing countries believed that it was still legal to install multiple copies of a program from only once license.


"What it interesting is the level of ignorance about piracy," said Swan. "A lot of piracy is negligence rather than deliberate wrongdoing."

The full 2010 Piracy Study, including detailed country and regional breakdowns, can be downloaded from the BSA web site.


The BSA is a global industry body set up to campaign for the interests of its members, which include Microsoft, Adobe, Apple and Symantec as well as a range of smaller independent software vendors.


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