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Article by Caroline Donnelly, 15 May 2012 at IT Pro
“BSA demands tougher penalties for software pirates”
Anti-piracy body hits out as global value of illegal software hits $63.4 billion.
Anti-piracy body the Business Software Alliance (BSA) wants the Government to introduce tougher penalties for businesses caught using unlicensed software.
Software should be the thing businesses invest in, not scrimp and steal.
The report was jointly compiled by the BSA, IDC and Ipsos Public Affairs and featured responses from 15,000 computer users across 33 countries.
As a result, the BSA wants firms caught using pirated software to face larger financial penalties to compensate the IT industry for the unlawful use of its intellectual property.
Robert Holleyman, president and chief executive of the BSA, said: “Software piracy persists as a drain on the global economy, IT innovation and job creation.
“Governments must take steps to modernize their IP laws and expand enforcement efforts to ensure [people] who pirate software face real consequences.”
Across the globe, the commercial value of pirated software rose from $58.8 billion in 2010 to $63.4 billion last year, the study revealed.
The emerging economies were pinpointed by the BSA as being the driving force behind much of this piracy, as these countries now account for 56 per cent of the world’s new PC shipments.
Julian Swan, director of compliance marketing for EMEA at the BSA, said the study suggests the need for a fundamental change in how people view and acquire software.
“Software should be the thing businesses invest in, not scrimp and steal. Anyone who uses software they haven’t paid for should face hefty consequences,”
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