Over $50 bln lost to software piracy: report

[AFP] Software piracy cost technology companies more than 50 billion US dollars around the world last year, with Asia accounting for the largest share of losses, an industry report said Tuesday.Despite successes in the fight to protect intellectual property rights, on average 43 percent of software used in computers worldwide in 2009 was pirate, from 41 percent the year prior, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) said.

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