Software piracy low in South Africa

Copyright infringement in software is actually comparatively low in South Africa, data compiled by the WEF shows

April 12, 2013
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The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its 2013 Global Information Technology Report in which it showed that South Africa ranks 20th out of 144 countries for lowest software piracy rate.

It used the 2011 Global Software Piracy Study released by the then Business Software Alliance (which are now calling themselves BSA | The Software Alliance).

When the BSA first released their report in September 2012, it argued that a 10 percentage point decrease of software piracy in South Africa over four years would create 1,650 high-tech jobs, R9,091 ($1,244) million in new economic activity, and R967 ($132) million in new taxes by 2013.

68% of those benefits were expected to remain in the local economy, the BSA said.

The WEF explained that the numbers represent the unlicensed software units as a percentage of total software units installed in a particular country.

According to the WEF’s analysis of the numbers, South Africa is tied with the Czech republic, while the USA is ranked first with a piracy rate of 19%.

Zimbabwe is stone last with a software piracy rate of 92%.

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Tags: BSA | The Software Alliance, Business Software Alliance (BSA), Headline, Industrial Data Corporation (IDC), World Economic Forum (WEF)

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