Washington – Theft of software for personal computers leapt 14% globally last year to a record commercial value of $59 billion, according to new figures from the Business Software Alliance (BSA), an industry organization representing some of the largest commercial software publishers.
The amount has nearly doubled since 2003, fueled by increased shipments of PCs to emerging economies.
The BSA said that while the number of PCs shipped to emerging economies in 2010 accounted for more than 50% of the world total, paid software licenses in those same countries accounted for less than 20% of global sales.
“We need governments to step up their efforts on this issue by supporting public education efforts, enacting and enforcing strong intellectual property laws, and leading by example,” said Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of the BSA.
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