Software piracy in Germany at a new high

Software piracy in Germany at a new high

According to information from the industry association Business Software Alliance, or BSA for short, software piracy has increased tremendously in the last year. With damage of around 762 million euros, Germany was number 1 in Europe for the illegal distribution of software.

In 2000, the damage caused was only around 649 million euros. In relation to the whole of Europe, the proportion of illegal software increased from 2000 to 2001 by six percent to a total of 34 percent. This also brings with it a worldwide growth in the share of illegal software, which is now at 40 percent. The global economy, on the other hand, can at least record a decline in damage from 12.26 to 10.97 billion US dollars. The BSA cites a study by the market research institute IPR as the source of the information. The BSA continues to see a direct connection between the poor economic situation in Germany and the increase in illegally used software. Central European regional manager Georg Herrnleben believes that many companies try to save costs by using illegal software, especially in times of recession.

In the past, with the exception of 1999, Germany was in the lead for eight years in terms of damage caused by illegally used software in Western Europe. With the exception of 1999 because Great Britain took first place that year, but in the meantime protection for legal software has been strengthened there, which apparently has again limited the damage somewhat. After all, the total damage there in 2001, at 291 million US dollars, was not even half as high as in Germany in the same year. Due to this fact, the software manufacturers are now calling for a higher compensation regulation in Germany, and the aim is to align European jurisdictions. TheVietnam achieved the largest share of unlicensed and therefore illegal software with an incredible 94 percent, closely followed by China with 92 percent and Indonesia with 88 percent.