Is software piracy prevalent? According to an IDC study commissioned by
the Business Software Alliance the answer is a definitive...YES. The report
estimates that 35% of programs used worldwide in 2004 were pirated and says that
cutting that rate by 10 percent over four years would result in 2.4 million new
jobs and about $400 billion in economic growth. Analysis shows that lower piracy
rates stimulate software product and purchases.
Get your eye patches ready. If you are wondering what constitutes
software piracy you probably already know. When someone copies software without
buying the appropriate number of licenses, it is considered copyright
infringement. This means that if your business is underreporting the number of
computers using a specific software program or even if you are sharing software
programs with a friend you are in danger of walking the plank.
Check out the Software & Information Industry Association's "Ten
Commandments of Software Use" (PDF - opens in new window) or risk losing