Software theft ranks high

The Business Software Alliance states that manufacturing, sales, and service industries were the three leading victims of piracy in 2008.





Manufacturing, sales, and service

industries were the three highest victims of software piracy in 2008, according to Business Software Alliance (BSA).


The theft and

illegal use of software is a concern worldwide. Software piracy limits

technology companies' ability to innovate and create jobs, harms local IT

services firms, strains government tax revenues, and increases the risk of

cyber crime and security problems.


Nearly one of

five software programs installed in the United States in 2008 were

unauthorized copies without legal licenses, according to the BSA. The retail

value of pirated PC software was $9.1 billion in the United States alone, and $53

billion globally.

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