Australian software piracy rate steadies

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has encouraged the channel to use its local business experience against software piracy. The statement comes off the back of the release of the association's latest global software piracy study.

According to the report, illegal software use in Australia was valued at $446 million during 2005, a fall of $99 million compared to 2004. Overall, illegal piracy use dropped by one point to 31 per cent in 2005.

Although Australia is placed ahead of countries including Israel, Canada, Ireland and Singapore, it lags behind the US, New Zealand, Germany and UK. On the flipside of the coin, countries such as Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, China and Pakistan currently rule the piracy roost, with both Vietnam and Zimbabwe boasting a 90 per cent piracy rate.

BSA Asia-Pacific regional director, Jeffrey Hardee, said the channel was in a unique position to report the illegal use of software within organisations. He pointed out Australia's figure didn't diminish the seriousness of the crimes being committed or its effect on local sellers.

"We see that for every $1 in software sales, there is also at least $1.25 in services to support and customise that software, plus an additional $1 in channel revenue," he said. "So the multiplier in lost channel revenue is $2.25 per $1 lost."

The BSA report was conducted in conjunction with IDC.

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