Software piracy increasing in Australia

Latest international research into the level of illegal copying of computer software has reported a 33 per cent rate for Australia, up from 32 per cent in 1999.Chairman of the Business Software Association of Australia (BSAA), Jim Macnamara, said the research placed Australia in the invidious position of being one of the few IT developed nations in the world where piracy was increasing.

A worldwide study of software piracy has found the average is 37 per cent accounting for $US11.75 billion a year in losses to software companies.

The Asia Pacific was the only region with an increasing software piracy rate with the regional average rising to 51 per cent.

Losses in the region increased to $US4 billion in 2000, with the worst piracy rates in the world reported in Vietnam (98 per cent); China (91 per cent) and Indonesia (85 per cent).

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