Software piracy remains high: BSA
By Van Oanh - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC –The rate of software copyright infringement in Vietnam last year was estimated at 81%, which despite a drop of two percentage points from the previous year was still twice the global average rate, the Business Software Alliance said.
The latest report on global software piracy conducted by BSA showed the loss of commercial value of unlicensed software in the country totaled US$385 million, down 4% year-on-year. Meanwhile, the world saw last year’s loss of commercial value of software piracy rise to US$63.4 billion from US$58.5 billion in 2010.
Vietnam now ranks the 22nd place worldwide in terms of software piracy rate, said Tarun Sawney, senior director of BSA in Asia- Pacific.
Sawney said Vietnam has made progress in curbing the rate of software copyright infringement. However, it would be a big difficulty for the country to drive down piracy rate to the regional level at 60% or global level at 40%.
Long-lasting software piracy dampens the world economy, especially creativity and job creation in the IT sector, said Rober Holleyman, President and CEO of BSA. He called on governments to improve the legislative framework on intellectual property and impose strict fines on pirated software users.
Inspectors of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism in collaboration with the Hi-Tech Crime Control Police launched sudden inspections into 120 firms using 470 computers without software license in 2010-11. The investigation team ordered them to install licensed software at total cost of US$2.3 million.
The team in the year to date has suddenly investigated 31 enterprises and fined 21 of them VND750 million for their infringements on software copyright.