BSA’s global software survey found that the unlicensed software rate in South Africa was at 34%, which is 1% down from the 35% recorded in 2011. The commercial value of unlicensed software in SA in 2013 stood at $385 million (R4.08 billion), which was down from the staggering $564 million recorded in 2011.
South Africa’s unlicensed software installation rate was the lowest in Africa, which meant that countries like Egypt (62%), Nigeria (81%), Kenya (78%), and Tunisia (75%) held the highest rates of unlicensed software.
According to the BSA report, emerging markets now account for a 56% of all PCs in use globally — and nearly three-quarters of all unlicensed software installations (73%).
“That trend is likely to continue, as this year’s study found that 65% of the PC software installed in emerging economies was not properly licensed, versus 23% in developed economies,” BSA said.
Speaking to businessdayonline, Marius Haman, corporate attorney, Digital Crimes Unit at Microsoft, said: “The study clearly shows how much work still has to be done. Reducing unlicensed software use will help to stimulate the economy, enhance businesses productivity and better avoid security risks. Security is especially important in light of the growing threat of cybercrime”.
In a statement made to thisdaylive.com, President and CEO of BSA, Victoria Espinel, stated: “Most people do not know what is installed on their systems. That needs to change. There are common-sense steps that managers and administrators can take to make sure their organisations are using genuine and properly licensed software.”
Microsoft’s “How to Tell” guide provides useful information on what to look for when checking your software license.