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November 28, 2011

Software Piracy - A Scourge In Mauritius

The first study on the financial impact of software piracy in emerging economies such as Mauritius, was released by Microsoft last week. The brand believes the loss to the Mauritian economy to $ 5 million with a piracy rate of 56% in 2010.

The study also reveals the enormous damage caused by counterfeiting businesses that play fair by using genuine software. The Fair Play Day is part of the annual event of the Microsoft Consumer Action Day, a global initiative that focuses on the importance of using original software. 

Commenting on the latest annual report of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), assessing the situation of piracy rates worldwide, Vincent Bourelly records manager at Microsoft anti-piracy Indian Ocean says: "Software piracy is a threat to the Mauritian economy, as far as an obstacle for students, developers, IT professionals and job creation. "

"It's also one of the main reasons why Microsoft is committed Indian Ocean back to educate consumers about the risks associated with software piracy, which can have a devastating impact on the lifestyle of consumers, the productivity of small businesses and the economy of emerging countries such as Mauritius, "he says. "practices related to piracy Software helps criminals to line their pockets. The Play Fair Day is an example of how they block the employment opportunities and innovation. This is unacceptable, "said Dale Waterman, Microsoft attorney files the fight against software piracy in the Middle East and Africa and also vice-president of the BSA for this region. 

As part of the Fair Play Day analysts evaluated the competitive advantage of companies that use pirated software in order to deepen the economic impact of software piracy in the world. This study demonstrates that in China, companies that use original software has a shortfall of over $ 863 million in contrast to those who use pirated software. 

This amounts to over a billion dollars that can be reinvested into the economy each year, 500 new factories, new machinery 65 000 200 000 or more employees in China. Differentiating genuine software is a fake in some very difficult case because there are indeed of high quality counterfeit. Mauritius is not immune to this danger as will be remembered as Microsoft Indian Ocean last year confirmed the presence of high-quality counterfeit software, from Guangdong in the park of a local computer.

 

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