Statistics from BSA | The Software Alliance (neé Business Software Alliance) for 2013 suggests that South African businesses forked out R4.7 million in fines for unlicensed software during last year.
In a press statement issued on Thursday, 3 April 2014, the BSA said that across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) the use of pirated software cost businesses in excess of R155 million ($14,804,752).
“The BSA received 395 leads in South Africa during 2013 which resulted in 32% more companies converting their illegal software into properly compliant products than in 2012,” said Darren Olivier, legal advisor to the BSA and partner at law firm Adams and Adams.
According to BSA, its numbers for 2013 show that getting away with pirated software is becoming more difficult and more expensive.
“Reporting the use of unlicensed software is a cultural shift that may tap into the public’s concerns around the universal problem of corruption,” Olivier said.
The BSA said that other statistics it recently released suggests that South Africans are becoming more proactive in the fight against software piracy.
“Reports to the BSA of suspected software piracy climbed by 44% in 2013 compared to 2012,” the BSA said. “The dramatic rise in whistleblowing may suggest that the public is no longer prepared to stand by idly and watch businesses flout copyright laws.”