Software piracy declines 10 percent: Business Software Alliance consultant -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Software piracy declines 10 percent: Business Software Alliance consultant

KARACHI- Simon Swale, Regional Consultant, Business Software Alliance (BSA) has said that software piracy rate has been declined by 10 percent in Pakistan during the last couple of years.

Speaking at a press conference, Simon said that in next five years software piracy rate would be further declined by 10 more per cent.

He said that there was 100 percent rate of piracy of software and violation of Intellectual Property Rights in Pakistan few years back. He said that there was an urgent need to bring down the rate of piracy in Pakistan.

He said that BSA has so far taken to task about 100 people involved in the software piracy but most of them got released by the local police. He said that BSA was taking action against the individuals of home users rather it was focusing on the big commercial companies having a large number of computers.

He said that less amount of penalty on violation of software piracy in Pakistan is the main reason for its enormous growth in Pakistan.

He said that at a recently held seminar in Karachi on Foreign Direct Investment the speakers which included ministers and government have expressed their concern over violations of IP rights in Pakistan and demanded that strict laws be formulated to check the increasing number of incidents of violation of software piracy and IP rights.

The speakers, he said, also made recommendations that there should be a provision of appropriate IT and IP rights training to judiciary and law enforcement officials to be supported by a public/private partnership and establishment of specialist provincial IPR courts to speed up the judicial process.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:2/20/2002