Moroccan software piracy rates reached 61 percent in 2001, with businesses losing approximately $5.5 million. Software piracy worldwide increased to 40 percent during the same period, reported the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
The company surveyed six private firms in Morocco since June 2001 and found that three out of the six firms were using pirated software. One of the accused firms have reached a settlement with BSA while the other companies have two weeks to either follow suite or be referred to court.
The Middle East ranks number four worldwide in pirated software according to a recent report issued by BSA. The report revealed that the piracy rate is now at 52 percent representing around $281.8 million. Countries such as Lebanon, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman have registered the highest piracy rate in the region. — (menareport.com)
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