Software piracy costs SA billions: BSA

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.

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