The Business Software Alliance released
its annual Global Piracy Study yesterday and while the study is
oft-criticized on methodological grounds (Glyn
Moody, my 2009
that revealed no actual surveys in Canada that year), the trend is
unmistakable. According to this annual study, Canada's piracy rate has
been on a steady decline as Michael Murphy, Chairman of the BSA Canada
"at 28 per cent, Canada's piracy rate is at an all time low, dropping
six percentage points since 2006."
The Toronto Star runs a story
on the release,
complete a graphic showing Canada among the 15 lowest piracy countries
in the world. Canada's is well below the Western European average and
well below the other countries on the USTR Special 301 Watch list.
While the BSA notes an increase in the dollar amount, this is due
almost entirely to currency fluctuations given the stronger Canadian
dollar. Moreover, Joe Karaganis highlights
the fact that the BSA says the top source of "software piracy" is not
unauthorized versions of software but rather "overinstallation" - the
installation of legal, authorized software on more than one computer.
TagsShareFriday May 13, 2011