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Software group announces top U.S. state piracy offenders
December 31, 1998
Web posted at: 9:50 AM EST
by Clare Haney
(IDG) -- The Business Software Alliance yesterday revealed the identities
of the top ten U.S. states where the vendor antipiracy body gained the
most amount of money from piracy settlements over the course of the last
In total, the BSA netted more than $35 million from U.S. companies it
has caught using illegal copies of software applications, the organization
said in a statement issued yesterday.
According to the BSA statement, California was the worst offender, with
companies based there coughing up $6.8 million in piracy settlements,
followed by Texas with $3.8 million and Illinois with $2.4 million. The
other U.S. states in the BSA's top ten piracy list were New York, Michigan,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida and Massachusetts.
The BSA estimated that 40 percent of software used worldwide in 1997
was pirated, equating to a potential loss in software revenue of $11.4
billion. The U.S. has one of the lowest piracy rates of 27 percent, the
body said, while in countries like Indonesia and Vietnam, close to 100
percent of all software is pirated.
According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP report released by the BSA
in October, last year in the U.S. approximately 620,000 people were employed
directly in the software industry, accounting for about $7.2 billion in
taxes. If an end could be put to piracy, an extra 140,000 jobs would be
created in the software industry generating an additional $1 billion in
tax revenue, the report estimated.
BSA members include Adobe Software Inc., Autodesk Inc., Corel Corp.,
Lotus Development Corp., Microsoft Corp., Network Associates Inc., Novell
Inc. and Symantec Corp.