Canada falls behind worldwide decline in software piracy

Canada not keeping pace with worldwide decline in software piracy

Software piracy in Canada is down slightly from last year, but the amount it costs software companies is up dramatically, according to a study released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

The study estimates that the Canadian piracy rate for commercial software declined over the last eight years to 39 per cent in 2002, below its all time high of 46 per cent in 1994.

However, the study conducted by the BSA and the Canadian Alliance Against Software Theft (CAAST), said the rate was up one percentage point from 2001.

Canada continues to trail behind the United States, where the piracy rate was 23 per cent, the lowest in the world.

"The study does recognize that progress has been made in our country in the fight against software piracy," the president of CAAST, Jacqueline Famulak, said in a statement.

She said education has helped improve Canada's piracy problem.

However she acknowledged that there "remains much work to be done in educating Canadians about the negative impact that software piracy has on the economy, whether it be forfeited jobs, hindered innovation, or lost retail sales and tax revenues."

Canadian retailers recorded a wider loss. In 2002, the industry lost $419 million compared to a loss of $289 million in 2001.

CAAST is a non profit organization that acts to protect against software piracy.