Rate of Software Piracy in Indonesia Reaches 87 Percent
Wednesday, 24 May, 2006 | 20:30 WIBTempo Interactive
, Jakarta: The rate of software piracy in Indonesia is still high, standing at 87 percent, and this position has not changed for two years.
Farouk Cader, the representative of Business Software Alliance (BSA) for Indonesia, said that out of three software programs installed in a computer, more than one is illegal.
This means that piracy is still threatening the growth of software innovation which leads to the loss of job opportunities and a decrease in non-tax state revenue.
Although the software piracy rate is still high, Farouk believes there is still hope for the information technolgy business in Indonesia.
This is especially so now that a special team has been established to fight software piracy in Indonesia.
This is also shown by raids at two shopping centers in Jakarta by the Research and Crime Unit from the National Police Headquarters that have resulted in seizure of 9,250 copies of illegal software programs.
Globally, it is estimated that losses from the software piracy amounted to US$34 billion in 2005.
This means there was an increase totaling US$1.6 billion compared to the previous year.
In Asia, the software piracy rate increased on average by one percentage to 54 percent this year.
However, the piracy rate decreased in six Asian countries that have healthy levels of economic growth.
China is leading with a four percentage drop, followed by India, Singapore, and Vietnam all with two percentage drops.
This is related to the upsurge in the personal computer markets in China and India by two percent to 29 percent in 2005.