The BSA (Business Software Alliance) is urging the US government to impose trade sanctions against China, Paraguay and parts of the former Soviet Union after a survey discovered they have the world's worst software piracy rates.
Despite a government agreement last year aimed at shutting down counterfeit CD-ROM factories scattered across the country, China topped the list of offenders in the BSA's annual survey, published last week. Just 5% of packaged software used in the country is legitimate. The financial loss to US developers as a result of piracy is estimated at more than $507 million (#317 million).
The BSA has submitted its findings to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), through its membership of the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA). However, the report did not include any figures for Europe, even though it identified certain countries as global offenders. The BSA said rates for Europe would be published in late March.
The rate of piracy in the Russian Federation countries runs at 91% and had a street value of more than $298 million last year.
BSA president Robert Holleyman, commented: "A 91% piracy rate acts as a strong barrier to the growth of the legitimate market in Russia. The leading deterrent to a solid copyright protection regime in Russia remains its weak and nearly no-existent enforcement."
According to the BSA, Paraguay's alarming piracy rate of 89% equates to lost revenues of more than $4.6 million. It blames the problem on the failure of Paraguayan authorities to shut down pirate manufacturing operations and failing to control the import of counterfeit goods originating primarily in Asia. In addition, government officials are in desperate need of current copyright law training and education.
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