Microsoft, Adobe Push for Tougher Fines in Europe After Losing $13.5 Billion to Piracy

Microsoft and Adobe has pushing the European Union to impose tougher fines on software counterfeiters and users of pirated software.

According to Business Week, Microsoft and Adobe are part of a group of companies which lost $13.5 billion to software piracy in Europe during 2010.

The Business Software Alliance, a trade group which represents software makers like Microsoft, Apple and Adobe, said that the European Commission needed to impose heavy fines which would discourage pirates from stealing software.

"Lump sum damages would act more as a deterrent than having two actuaries fight it out in a costly court case. It's a vicious circle where the damages aren't deterrent enough," Warren Weertman, manager of legal affairs at BSA said.

A recent BSA study had revealed that the value of pirated software around the world increased by 14 percent to $58.8 billion in 2010, double the value of what was back in 2003.

The BSA believes that if similar penalties were imposed on software pirates in Europe, like in the US, the menace of piracy could be tackled.

France topped the list with a total lost of around $2.6 Billion while Germany was second with $2.1 Billion.