Philippine Software Piracy at 71%
According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the rate of software piracy in the Philippines has been stuck at 71% in the last 3 years. The recent study covers the year 2004 to 2006 with estimated US$119 million lost in licensing revenues.
Though that figure is lower than before (used to be 90+%), the 71% piracy rate is still dramatically huge to ignore by the BSA. Other findings from the research revealed:
- In more than half of the 102 countries studied, the piracy rate exceeded 60%. In approximately one third of the countries, the piracy rate exceeded 75%.
- Emerging markets in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Africa accounted for one-third of PC shipments, but only 10% of spending on PC software.
- The European Union (EU) and Canada continue to have high losses despite low piracy rates. The EU had losses of US$11 billion with a 36% piracy rate, while Canada had losses of US$784 million with a 34% piracy rate.
- Over the next four years businesses and consumers worldwide will spend US$350 billion on PC software. If current trends continue, the study predicts more than US$180 billion worth of PC software will be pirated during that period.
Likewise, the BSA also announced rewards payment of up to $1 million which they hope might make even the most timid person don the daring cape of the whistleblower.