Published On: Thu, May 26th, 2016

Asia hotbed of IT piracy despite economic growth



SINGAPORE: Pakistan among the countries with the highest rate of unlicensed software installed in the world, an industry watchdog said Wednesday.

The Software Alliance — which includes giants like Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Oracle and Adobe — said in a report that more than 60 per cent of all computer software installed in the Asia-Pacific in 2015 was unlicensed, adding that the unlicensed software in Asia had a value of $19.1 billion last year.

Piracy rates were most rampant in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia at more than 80 per cent. The global piracy average was 39 per cent.

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According to the report, 84 per cent of PC software installed in Pakistan were pirated, down one per cent from last recorded year of 2013.Total commercial value of these software was $276 million.

While the worldwide piracy rate decreased by four percentage points from 2013, Asia saw only a one percentage point decline to 61 percent over the two-year period, said the report, which did not cover mobile devices.Britons spend a day every week on internet

The report resulted from a survey of 22,000 computer users and 2,000 information technology decision-makers and includes business, operating system, gaming and security software.

The group’s Asia-Pacific senior director Tarun Sawney called for more action to address the problem of unlicensed software, particularly for key sectors like banking.

“Whilst there’s still been improvement from two years ago on the use of unlicensed software, the rate is still too high and certainly in emerging economies, a lot of which are in Asia-Pacific, the problem still persists,” he told a press conference.

The report cited a “disconnect” between businesses’ concern about cyber-security and their attitude to unlicensed software.

It found that the worldwide rate for what it called “critical” sectors such as banking, insurance and securities industries was 25 percent.

No figure was given for Asia in those sectors.


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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology