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Software Piracy High, But Retreating

November 30, 1999

Some 38 percent of business software applications loaded onto personal computers worldwide was illegally copied and distributed in 1998, according to the Software & Information Industry Association.

  • That marks a decline from 49 percent as recently as 1994.
  • The 1998 revenue loss of legitimate software makers amounted to $11 billion.
  • The U.S. had a piracy rate of 25 percent in 1998 -- which amounted to a loss of $2.9 billion.
  • Eastern Europe has the highest piracy rate of any region of the world -- followed by the Middle East and Latin America.

The industry group points to several factors for the recent decline in piracy -- including high-profile legal proceedings against companies using illegal software, falling prices for many software applications and educational campaigns stressing intellectual property rights.

Source: "Piracy Down But Not Out," Washington Post, November 25, 1999.


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