BSA calls for tougher laws to reduce piracy and boost economy

Simon Quicke

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is putting pressure on the government to increase the deterrent to prevent users and companies taking the risk of using unlicensed software.

Armed with compelling figures from IDC research that shows that if the level of piracy in the UK could be reduced by 10% from the current level of 27% it would deliver £1.5bn in tax revenues and £5.4bn in new economic activity the case for tougher laws is one that is now being remade to government.

The IDC numbers also showed that a significant reduction in software piracy would create 13,011 new jobs if the rate of illegal software in the UK could be reduced by 10% over the next four years.

Chair of the BSA Uk Committee Michala Wardell said that the way to reduce piracy was not just down to vendors and resellers but also required action from the government.

"At the moment damages are all paid back at current costs. Other countries have to pay double or even triple the costs," she added "There needs to be more of a deterrent."

She said the BSA had held meetings with the new government and there was a dialogue with MPs as the efforts to tighten the law continued.

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