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PC software theft in Malta totals €5 million in 2011

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The 2011 Business Software Piracy Study shows that in Malta the rate of software piracy in 2011 remained unchanged at 43%, bringing the commercial value of piracy to €5 million.

57% of computer users globally admit they have acquired pirated software. 31% say they pirate all or most of the time. 26% say they do it occasionally or rarely.

Although the rate remained stagnant over the past two years, it is still at its lowest since the introduction of the study in 2003.

“If 57% of global consumers admitted they shoplift, even rarely, authorities would react by increasing police patrols and penalties. Software piracy demands a similar response: concerted public education and vigorous law enforcement,” said Georg Herrnleben, Senior Director, Compliance Marketing, EMEA, BSA.

The study also found that 60% of admitted software pirates are male of ages between 25 and 34.

In Malta, a number of advertising campaigns and media relations events have been conducted on a regular basis with the aim of communicating the negative economic implications that piracy can bring on the sector. BSA said the media have an important role to play in communicating not only the improvements that take place but also the need for more awareness and more collaboration between the sector and the respective authorities to curb further illicit activity and abuse.

“Software piracy persists as a drain on the global economy, IT innovation and job creation,” said BSA president and CEO Robert Holleyman. “Governments must take steps to modernize their IP laws and expand enforcement efforts to ensure that those who pirate software face real consequences.”

Globally, the study finds that piracy rates in emerging markets tower over those in mature markets — 68% to 24%, on average — and emerging markets account for an overwhelming majority of the global increase in the commercial value of software theft. This helps explain the market dynamics behind the global software piracy rate, which hovered at 42 percent in 2011 while a steadily expanding marketplace in the developing world drove the commercial value of software theft to €45.6 billion.

Other findings from this year’s BSA Global Software Piracy Study include:

• Globally, the most frequent software pirates are disproportionately young and male — and they are more than twice as likely to live in an emerging economy as they are to live in a mature one (38 to 15%).

• Business decision makers admit to pirating software more frequently than other users — and they are more than twice as likely as others to say they buy software for one computer and then install it on additional machines in their offices.

• Globally, there is strong support for IP rights and protections in principle, but a troubling lack of incentive for pirates to change their behaviour in practice. Just 20% of frequent pirates in mature markets — and 15% in emerging markets — say the risk of getting caught is a reason not to pirate software.

This is the ninth annual study of global software piracy conducted by BSA in partnership with IDC and Ipsos Public Affairs, two of the world’s leading independent research firms. The study methodology involves collecting 182 discrete data inputs and assessing PC and software trends in 116 markets. This year’s study also included a survey of 15,000 computer users in 33 countries that together constitute 82% of the global PC market.

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