Software piracy costs SA billions: BSA

New research finds that unlicensed software was installed on 43% of global PCs in 2013, with a commercial value of $62.7 billion

By - June 30, 2014
Internet piracy

A new study from the BSA (formerly the Business Software Alliance) has found that the commercial value of unlicensed software in South Africa was $385-million (R4.08-billion) in 2013, down from $564 million 2011.

Software piracy in South Africa has decreased from 35% to 34% since the results of the BSA’s last Global Software Survey survey was conducted in 2011.

In terms of the commercial value of unlicensed PC Software, the US topped the global list at $9.7 billion at an unlicensed rate of 18% in a licensed market of $44.4-billion, followed by China, India, Brazil and France.

Overall, unlicensed software was installed on 43% of global PCs in 2013, which the BSA estimated had a commercial value of $62.7-billion.

Unlicensed PC software 2013

Unlicensed PC software 2013

South Africa’s unlicensed software installation rate was the lowest in Africa, ahead of the likes of Egypt (62%) Nigeria (81%), Kenya (78%), and Tunisia (75%).

However, due to the size of its market, countries like Egypt ($198 million), Nigeria ($287 million), and Kenya ($128 million), were well below SA in terms of the commercial value of unlicensed software.

The report, which the BSA said was drawn from a global survey of nearly 22,000 consumers and enterprise PC users, along with a parallel survey of more than 2,000 IT managers, found that emerging markets now account for 56% of all PCs in use globally. Emerging markets also make up nearly three-quarters of all unlicensed software installations (73%).

“That trend is likely to continue, as this year’s study found that 65% of the PC software installed in emerging economies was not properly licensed, versus 23% in developed economies,” BSA said.

More on piracy

First online pirate in SA pleads guilty, sentenced

Movie piracy in SA – a director’s view

How to stop government from spying on your torrents

Forum discussion

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you think all South Africans should move to prepaid electricity?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Tesla Powerwall confirmed for South Africa

Tesla Powerwall

Elon Musk’s US-based energy company will ship its new Powerwall home battery system to countries like South Africa.

PIC wants to up stake in Vodacom: report

Vodacom cheap phone 1

The government run Public Investment Corp is looking to up its stake in mobile operator Vodacom, according to a Bloomberg report.

Eskom load shedding forecast for the week

Eskom switch

Eskom’s latest power bulletin shows that electricity demand is expected to surpass supply until the end of the week.

Stage 1 load shedding kicks in

Stage 1 load shedding Eskom

Eskom has announced that it would implement Stage 1 load shedding on 5 May.

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
X
bool(true)