The impact of the global downturn on piracy is likely to bea major problem if user expectations translate into criminal activity.
In research carried out by Aladdin Knowledge Systems awhopping 73% of those people asked felt that piracy would go up as a result ofthe recession.
The consequences for vendors is to claw back lost share as aresult of piracy with Aladdin noticing an increase across all territories forits anti-piracy software tool.
“It has to remain easy to use and still stop piracy. Do thisright and you can grow sales, even in a down economy, and invest more intomaking a better solution. This is the simple reason Microsoft invests somany millions in their fight against piracy,” said John Gunn, general managerof Aladdin USAon his blog.
There have been other concerns raised that piracy will beincreased as a result of the pressure on budgets with some companies opting tobuy through unauthorised channels for a cheaper price.