Software piracy rate in Australia has increased, placing it ahead of the US, UK and New Zealand, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
An eighth annual BSA survey on global software piracy estimated Australian levels of unlicensed and pirated software at 32 per cent, equating to losses of around $220 million for 2002.
By comparison, New Zealand’s piracy rate fell to 24 per cent. The piracy rate in the US was 23 per cent (which is currently the lowest piracy rate in the world for commercial software) and the UK recorded an increase of one point to 26 per cent.
The local problem with piracy is driven by a lack of software asset management from SMEs, according to Business Software Association chairman Jim Macnamara.
“Most [SMEs] do not have a dedicated IT department that can control the number of software applications and do not accurately control the number of licenses,” he said.
Macnamara claimed the research showed Australia was not developing as fast as other countries in copyright enforcement.