Thursday, May 15, 2008

Five-point Blueprint to Reducing Software Piracy

BSA advocates a five-point "blueprint" for reducing software piracy and reaping the economic benefits:

- Increase public education and awareness of the value of intellectual property and the risks of using unlicensed software;

- Update national copyright laws to implement World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) obligations in order to enable better and more effective enforcement against digital and online piracy;

- Create strong enforcement mechanisms as required by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS), including tough anti-piracy laws;

- Dedicate significant government resources to the problem, including national IP enforcement units, cross-border cooperation, and training for local officers and judiciary officials; and

- Lead by example by implementing software management policies and requiring the public sector to use only legitimate software.

The BSA-IDC Global Software Piracy Study covers piracy of all packaged software that runs on personal computers, including desktops, laptops, and ultra-portables. Website:

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