KUALA LUMPUR, 12 May 2009: The personal computer (PC) software piracy level in Malaysia remained at 59% last year, similar to the rate registered in 2007.
According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) findings released today, the monetary value of losses caused by software piracy, however, rose to US$368 million in 2008 from US$311 million in 2007.
BSA vice-president and Asia-Pacific regional director Jeffrey Hardee said the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s efforts in addressing corporate end-user software policy had borne fruit.
BSA, a non-profit organisation promoting a safe and legal digital world, is partnering IDC, a global provider of market intelligence, in conducting the yearly study which covers piracy of all packaged software that runs on PCs, including desktops, laptops and ultra-portables.
Speaking to the media here via telephone from Singapore today, Hardee said the worldwide PC software piracy rate rose for the second year in a row, from 38% to 41%, mainly because PC shipments grew fastest in high-piracy countries such as China and India.
He said there was an urgent need to ensure greater cooperation between enforcement authorities and copyright owners to effect stronger protection for the software copyright. — Bernama