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Software piracy rate in M'sia still high

Publication Date : 24-10-2012


The software piracy rate in Malaysia, currently standing at 55 per cent, is still at an unsatisfactory level.

Having a 55 per cent piracy rate meant that out of 100 software used in personal computers (PC), 55 are pirated copies, said Roland Chan, senior director (Asia Pacific) of Business Software Alliance (BSA), the software alliance which represents a number of the world's largest software makers.

There is a 1 per cent to 2 per cent decline in the usage of pirated software in the country annually.

But overall, the rate is still high, compared with Singapore and Taiwan.

The value of unlicensed software used in Malaysia has also increased to US$657 million (2 billion ringgit) in 2011, compared with $606 million (1.85 billion ringgit) in 2010.

The value had increased because of the growth in worldwide PC shipments, he said.

The software piracy rate in Singapore and Taiwan are 33 per cent and 37 per cent respectively, while the average rate for Asia-Pacific is about 60 per cent.

“If Malaysia wants to rope in more intellectual property investments, it has to match its piracy rate with other economies of the region,” Chan said.

He said BSA would launch next year a software called LMR360, which would help companies worldwide to declare to BSA that the software they used were genuine.

The software is free. From the information, BSA will produce a book on all those companies using genuine software for their companies.

The book would list the names all the companies using genuine software for their customers to prove that they were ethical companies, Chan said.

Chan added that BSA had also recently been undergoing a rebranding exercise.

“Following the rebranding exercise, we will now take up issues related to the cloud industry with the relevant office matter.

“We also help members to remove barriers hampering their growth,” he said.

In a recent press statement, BSA president and chief executive officer Robert Holleyman said: “BSA will now focus on the new opportunities its members can seize to accelerate their growth globally.”

“This entails protecting the intellectual property rights that spur technology innovation, breaking down emerging trade barriers, and advancing policies that will help the global cloud computing market flourish,” Chan said.

BSA has 74 members globally, of which four are from Malaysia.


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