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 piracy is costing Guatemala US$ 41 million a year, the alliance says.

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Software Piracy in Panama

February 2012

The country has a rate of 72% of installed pirated software, higher than the world average of 62%, creating losses of $68 million.

With a rate of 72% in 2010, the Eighth Annual Global Piracy Study of Personal Computer Software located Panama in the top ten countries in the continent in which the rate of installation of pirated software exceeds the world average of 62%.

Software Piracy Sums $30 Million in El Salvador

April 2010

Illegal copies of software abound; they allegedly represent 80% of all the computer programs used in the country.

Robert Ivanschitz, Microsoft’s legal director, told newspaper La Prensa Gráfica that “the state wins when legal software is used, as it collects taxes”.

He remarked that the country’s legal framework in this matter is not up to date, and that the government faces the challenge of maintaining it in line with the current reality. Ivanschitz commented that this problem is not exclusive to El Salvador, as it also occurs in the rest of Central America.

Latin America´s ITC Predictions 2009

January 2009

Albeit at a slower pace in 2009 than in 2008, Latin America will remain one of the fastest-growing ICT markets of the world.

The global economic crisis will no doubt hit Latin America’s ITC market strongly during 2009, particularly during the first two quarters of the year.

Panama invests in information technology

August 2008

Information Technology (IT) investments in Panama are one of the highest in Latin America, reaching $275 million in 2007.

The information technology industry generated 12 thousand jobs last year in Panama, and is estimated to produce another 4 thousand new jobs in the next four years, according to a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) prepared by Microsoft Panama.

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