12 May '11, 5am

Software companies lost record US$233 million from unlicensed software

SINGAPORE: Software companies lost a record US$233 million last year from unlicensed software installed in personal computers in Singapore. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) said that's an 18 per cent increase from 2009. It said some 34 per cent of software deployed on PCs in Singapore last year was pirated. Speaking to the media on the findings from its 2010 Global Software Piracy Study, BSA's Senior Director of Marketing, Asia Pacific, Roland Chan, said Singapore has done well to lower its PC software piracy rate by one percentage point. However, the commercial value of pirated software has continued to rise to record levels, indicating the severity of the piracy problem. Mr Chan said while the government has done well in strengthening its copyright laws and working with the industry to educate businesses and consumers on the need to use legal and licensed software, a...

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