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Controversial report on software piracy

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Annual Global PC Software Piracy Study, done by the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) has been released, which is an overwhelming report on unauthorized software around the world.
Provided figures on stolen software are impressive. Chairperson of BSA Charl Everton said, "A piracy rate of 35 percent is far from acceptable!. As we emerge from the most severe global economic recession in 20 years, it is essential that we continue to engage with government, businesses, and consumers about the risks of stealing software - and to educate the market on the true impact that software piracy has on the South African economy."(South Africa was rated as first in ‘’rivalry’’ list)

Independent researchers heavily argue about the presented figures and facts of the Report as "bordering on deceptive". Michael Geist, law professor and Canada research chair for web and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa, especially mentioned: "The BSA methodology is so suspect that there are enormous problems with placing significant weight on the study. Thousands of Canadians have been speaking out on copyright, arguing for a balanced approach and against attempts to falsely paint Canada as a piracy haven based largely on questionable data. "The political pressure to cave to the US’ demands is intense, but many Canadians have grown skeptical of the outlandish claims of US-backed lobby groups.”

Experts label the methodology of provided Research as ‘’combination of guesses with some market data’’ US scored having piracy 20% rate, and, according to Study, this is a lowest in the World.

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