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Software Piracy Still High
May 28, 2008   
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The percentage of pirated software installed on personal computers in Poland did not change between 2006 and 2007, staying at 57 percent, though losses incurred by software producers in this country increased to $580 million.

The figures come from the latest report by the Business Software Alliance, an organization that promotes the safe and legal use of computer software. The alliance launched its fifth annual report on software piracy around the world May 14.

The report covers 108 countries analyzed by IT market research company IDC. The report takes into account all kinds of software installed on personal computers, including both laptops and other portable devices, but excluding servers and mainframe systems. IDC consulted analysts in 60 countries in order to identify global trends.

According to the report, countries with the highest piracy rates in Central and Eastern Europe are Armenia, at 93 percent; Moldova, at 92 percent; and Ukraine, at 83 percent. The lowest piracy rate was noted in the Czech Republic; 39 percent; Hungary, 42 percent; and Slovakia, 45 percent.

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