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Losses down from $284 million in Ď99 to $240 million in 2000: Regionís piracy plummet

THE LATEST IPR global report on software piracy shows a sharp decrease in losses incurred by the Middle East software industry...

THE LATEST IPR global report on software piracy shows a sharp decrease in losses incurred by the Middle East software industry, along with a reduction in the percentage of illegal software sold across the region. The 2000 report prepared by the International Planning Research Corporation (IPR) for the Business Software Alliance (BSA) estimates that losses from software piracy in the Middle East decreased from US$ 284 million in 1999 to US$ 240 million in 2000, while the overall piracy percentage rate decreased to 57 percent in 2000 from 63 percent in 1999 and from 83 percent over the past six years. For the first time in the studyís history, the world piracy rate in 2000 did not decline, but instead showed a slight increase to 37 percent. The dollar losses due to piracy declined of 3.5 percent to be $11.75 billion in 2000. The UAE showed the lowest rate of software piracy in the region, at 44 percent down from 47 percent last year, followed by Egypt at 56 percent and the KSA at 59 percent. Oman showed the highest rate of decline in the Gulf, as software piracy fell from an average of 88 percent in 1999 to 78 percent in 2000, whereas Kuwait, Qatar and Lebanon still show rates of more than 80 percent and rank among the world 's top ten highest countries in terms of software theft.
Two of the largest economies in the Middle East, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, each saw a decrease in the piracy rate in 2000, with Turkey dropping the most, from 74 percent in 1999 to 63 percent in 2000. At 57 percent, the Middle East has now the third highest regional rate of piracy worldwide, whereas it was second in previous years. Eastern Europe, at 63 percent, is still the region with the highest piracy rate in the world, whereas Latin America became the region with the second highest piracy rate in 2000 at 58 percent.

The results from the annual BSA Global Piracy Study indicate that software piracy continues to pose challenges for the industry and the global economy. These figures point to a fundamental piracy problem in the more technologically advanced regions such as North America and Western Europe.


Amman,27May2001
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