Software piracy costs Guatemala US$41 million a year
Eighty of every 100 programs installed in Guatemalan computers are pirate editions, according to the Business Software Alliance.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
In its fifth world study of software piracy, prepared in conjunction with the IDC consultancy, the alliance says Guatemala is one of the 20 countries with most piracy software.
The country has a rate of 72% of installed pirated software, higher than the world average of 62%, creating losses of $68 million.
Illegal copies of software abound; they allegedly represent 80% of all the computer programs used in the country.
Albeit at a slower pace in 2009 than in 2008, Latin America will remain one of the fastest-growing ICT markets of the world.
Information Technology (IT) investments in Panama are one of the highest in Latin America, reaching $275 million in 2007.
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