Corporate Piracy The Bigger Devil In India

New Delhi: | Updated: Jan 28 2003, 05:30am hrs
Corporate piracy accounted for almost 70 per cent of the total software piracy in the country amounting to a loss of $255.5 million in 2001, according to Business Software Alliance (BSA), a global not-for-profit association of software companies promoting use of legal software.

The growth of pirated software for 2001 accounted for 70 per cent over the last year.

In India, corporate piracy is very high and is as high as 70 per cent. Corporate law needs to be updated to include protection for online transactions as well as technology in India. Education and awareness campaigns need to be rolled out in the country, BSA vice president and regional director for Asia Pacific Jeffrey Hardee told eFE. International Planning and Research Corporation (IPRC) conducts the piracy study for BSA worldwide. In the Asia Pacific region in the July 2001-June 2002 period, piracy was growing the fastest in India.

Although China topped in absolute piracy rate at 92 per cent in 2001 compared to piracy rates of 94 per cent in 2000.

India along with Malayasia, Philippines and Singapore registered an increase in piracy rates in 2001 while other countries in Asia Pacific region witnessed slower growth, Mr Hardee said.

BSA is engaging the government (both state and central), associations like National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), industry bodies like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and also the police. In the last year, BSA conducted training programmes targeted at the police and the prosecutors to track piracy cases in India, according to Mr Hardee.