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Software Piracy Rate rises worldwide says BSA survey

A report published by the Business Software Alliance found out that global software piracy is receding in a number of countries; nearly two thirds of the 108 surveyed had seen a drop in software piracy and only eight territories had actually experienced a rise in software piracy.

The piracy rate - which is the total (estimated) number of units of pirated software divided by the total units of software used - showed that emerging and third world countries rank amongst the worst when it comes to software piracy.

However, because the same PC markets are expanding faster than the rest of the world, this has pushed up the worldwide PC software piracy rate by three points to 38 percent with some countries like Armenia having a 93 percent piracy rate.

Unsurprisingly, wealthy countries like the United States or Japan fared much better and topped the list; still even in the USA, 20 percent of software used is pirated and more than a quarter of business software in the UK is pirated.

BSA UK said that although the piracy rate in UK businesses had fallen slightly in the past year, there are still various hotspots like Glasgow and Manchester that would need special attention.

Not surprisingly, the vectors of pirated software vary depending on countries; in developing markets where internet access is slow and costly, CDROMs containing software compilations worth tens of thousands of pounds.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.