Opinion: Software piracy is a growing threat to the U.S. economy

According to the San Jose Mercury News, “Yet that is what the global software industry must cope with — a 43 percent theft rate in 2009, up 2 percentage points from the year before, according to the market-research firm IDC. And it is much worse in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets: Nearly eight in 10 programs installed on PCs in China are unlicensed. In India, it’s nearly two-thirds. In Mexico, it’s six in 10. In Brazil, it’s more than half. The commercial value of unlicensed PC software in those four countries — all prominent members of the G-20 — came to nearly $13 billion last year. Globally, the figure was more than $51 billion.”

Check out the article: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_15422845?nclick_check=1

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About Cameron Ackbury, CPA

Founding Director at DaggerFoil Group
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