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2011 Global Piracy Study Saudi Arabia
57 Percent of Computer Users globally Admit They Pirate Software
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — May 15, 2012 — The software piracy rate in Saudi Arabia was at 51 percent in 2011, however, the net effect of the worldwide piracy rate was 42%, meaning more than half of the programs that users installed were unlicensed last year. The commercial value of this piracy in 2011 was SR 1,680 M an increase of SR 128 M on the year before although the rate dropped marginally by 1 point. These are among the findings of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) reported today in the 2011 BSA Global Software Piracy Study.

31 percent of admitted software pirates worldwide surveyed in the study say they acquire software illegally “all of the time,” “most of the time” or “occasionally,” while 26 percent say they do so only “rarely.” The study also found that admitted software pirates are usually males and are aged between 25- 35.

Although the piracy rate in Saudi Arabia reduced marginally, the successful cooperation efforts with the Ministry of Culture & Information represented by the Directorate of Copyright and BSA’s in Saudi Arabia will continue over the coming year to maximise the impact of the awareness programs. The plan is to augment this with a major increase in enforcement and to continue the gradual increase in the overall average penalties judged by the violation review committee said Mohammad Al Dhabaan, Lawyer and BSA Representative in Saudi Arabia

“Software piracy persists as a drain on the global economy, IT innovation and job creation,” said BSA president and CEO Robert Holleyman. “Governments must continue to take steps to modernize their IP laws and expand enforcement efforts to ensure that those who pirate software face real consequences.” Piracy is the first enemy and main innovation killer and our efforts will continue to fight piracy as a means to support the government efforts to create knowledge economy said Mohammed Al-Dhabaan.

Globally, the study finds that piracy rates in emerging markets tower over those SR 273.75 billion in mature markets — 68 percent to 24 percent, on average — and emerging markets account for an overwhelming majority of the global increase in the commercial value of software theft.

Other findings from this year’s BSA Global Software Piracy Study include:

  • Globally, the most frequent software pirates are disproportionately young and male — and they are more than twice as likely to live in an emerging economy as they are to live in a mature one (38 to 15 percent).
  • Business decision makers admit to pirating software more frequently than other users — and they are more than twice as likely as others to say they buy software for one computer and then install it on additional machines in their offices.
  • Globally, there is strong support for IP rights and protections in principle, but a troubling lack of incentive for pirates to change their behavior in practice. Just 20 percent of frequent pirates in mature markets — and 15 percent in emerging markets — say the risk of getting caught is a reason not to pirate software.

This is the ninth annual study of global software piracy conducted by BSA in partnership with IDC and Ipsos Public Affairs, two of the world’s leading independent research firms. The study methodology involves collecting 182 discrete data inputs and assessing PC and software trends in 116 markets. This year’s study also included a survey of 15,000 computer users in 33 countries that together constitute 82 percent of the global PC market.

A full copy of the 2011 BSA Global Software Piracy Study, is available for download on BSA’s website: www.bsa.org/globalstudy.

About BSA

The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.

For more information, please contact:
Mariam Chahrour
Account Manager
Weber Shandwick
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Tel: 00 966 598957885
Email: Mariam.Chahrour@ws-mena.com

Mohammed Abdulqader
Senior Media Relations Manager
Weber Shandwick,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Tel: 966-541112525
Email: M.abdulqader@ws-mena.com

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