Software piracy losses rise in 2004

According to the Business Software Alliance, manufacturers lost close to US$33 billion due to software piracy last year, a rise of US$4 billion in 2003. The biggest problem region for the BSA continues to be Asia, with piracy rates exceeding 90 percent in both Vietnam (92 percent) and China (90 percent) and 87 percent in Indonesia. Ukraine and Zimbabwe were the biggest non-Asian offenders, with rates of 91 and 90 percent, respectively. The BSA’s study showed that the US had the lowest piracy rate, with 21 percent of installed software lacking an appropriate license. Some other findings from the study: