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Five Countries on 2011 Congressional Anti-Piracy “Watch List” Account for $13.4B Worth of Software Piracy

BSA urges redoubled efforts to protect US intellectual property


Washington — May 26, 2011 —

The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus today called attention to five countries — Canada, China, Russia, Spain and Ukraine — where intellectual property theft is harming US creators and stunting the broader economy. Those five countries together account for $13.4 billion worth of PC software piracy, according to the 2010 BSA Global Software Piracy Study.

The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus is co-chaired by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

At an event unveiling the 2011 Congressional Anti-Piracy “Watch List,” Business Software Alliance President and CEO Robert Holleyman joined the Caucus leaders and industry representatives in stressing the importance of safeguarding America’s intellectual property.

“Innovation is the engine of the US economy. When intellectual property is stolen, it saps our economic strength,” said Holleyman. “The software industry, which is at the heart of the digital economy, is being robbed blind by piracy. Nearly $59 billion worth of PC software products were stolen around the world last year — including $13.4 billion in the five countries named in this year’s Congressional Anti-Piracy Watch List.”


PC Software Piracy Rates and Commercial Value of Unlisenced Software In Watch-Listed Countries (Source: 2010 BSA Global Software Piracy Study)



Country

Piracy Rate

Commercial Value ($M)

Canada

28%

$1,066

China

78%

$7,779

Russia

65%

$2,842

Spain

43%

$1,105

Ukraine

86%

$571


“This software piracy doesn’t just harm US software makers. It hurts our whole economy, because software is a critical tool of production,” Holleyman noted. “Companies that steal the software tools they need to make products and do business in the global economy have an unfair competitive advantage over companies that pay for their software. That undercuts legitimate product sales and imperils job creation.”

According to a recent report issued by the US International Trade Commission, theft of intellectual property in China alone cost the US economy as many as 2.1 million jobs and up to $100 billion in economic harm.

“Governments must not only implement strong intellectual property laws; they also should ensure their citizens understand and abide by those laws,” said Holleyman. “I commend the Anti-Piracy Caucus for its leadership in protecting American intellectual property.”
For more data on global software theft, see: www.bsa.org/globalstudy.  


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