Magazine article Security Management

A Plateau in Software Pirates' Pillage

Magazine article Security Management

A Plateau in Software Pirates' Pillage

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Software piracy still runs rampant, invoking fear in the hearts of publishers. But according to the results of a study done by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), smoother sailing may lie ahead. In the United States, $2.4 billion was lost to software piracy in 1990, down from $2.5 billion in 1989 and $2.9 billion in 1988.

Although the loss to piracy exceeds previous estimates, over the last four years business software units sold per hardware unit increased for both the DOS and Macintosh markets.

"Though the study documents serious problems," says David Bradford, chairman of the SPA's Copyright Protection Fund, "we are encouraged by indications that piracy rates seem to have dipped recently, coinciding with intensified efforts by the industry to educate computer users about software copyright infringement and their legal obligations."

Note, though, that these piracy estimates are conservative. In the study, each unit of software sold is compared to a PC purchased in the same year. However, users of older PCs presumably purchase a portion of that-software. …

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