PH software piracy still high at 64%home/Business/Top Business/PH software piracy still high at 64%The use of pirated software remains high in the Philippines despite gains made over the past 14 years, a trade group said on Friday as it launched a new push to get consumers and business to patronize licensed products. In a briefing, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) said the piracy rate had gone down to 64 percent as of 2017, down from 67 percent two years earlier and the 72 percent recorded in 2003. “It means that 2 out of 3 software used in the Philippines are unlicensed.”To encourage the use of licensed software, the BSA launched the “Legalize & Protect” program that seeks to raise awareness about the legal, productivity and security benefits. “Good and profitable corporations must legalize their software assets to protect the interests of their clients, their data and ultimately the health of their business,” he said. Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines Deputy Director General Teodoro Pascua said a survey later this year would provide a better picture about the use of unlicensed software.
Source: Manila Times March 15, 2019 16:18 UTC