Found on www.thenews.pl
Every second computer programme used by Poles is illegal, shows a report commissioned by Business Software Alliance.
In 2009, as much as 54 percent of all software used in Poland came from illegal sources, two percent less than in 2008. The value of the pirated software is estimated at 506 million USD.
The research by Business Software Alliance was conducted in 111 countries. Poland was the fifth in the European Union when it comes to software piracy, following Latvia (56 percent use illegal software), Greece (58 percent), Romania (65 percent) and Bulgaria (67 percent). The most honest PC users turned out to be the citizens of Luxembourg (21 percent pirate software), Austria (25 percent), Belgium (25 percent), Finland (25 percent) and Sweden (25 percent).
The report also shows that in 2009 computer piracy in the whole world increased from 41 percent to 43 percent, which is attributed to a dynamic growth of big developing markets, such as Chinese, Indian and Brazilian, where computer piracy is commonplace.
What do you think can be done to eliminate software piracy in Poland? Should dishonest users of the pirat software be penalized? What can you do when you simply cannot afford original software?
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