Unlicensed software costs SA R4 billion

New research finds that unlicensed software was installed on 43% of global PCs in 2013 with a commercial value of $62.7 billion.

BSA’s Global Software Survey found that in South Africa, the unlicensed software rate was at 34%, down from 35% in the prior survey conducted in 2011.

The commercial value of unlicensed software in SA in 2013 stood at $385 million (R4.08 billion), down from $564 million 2011.

In terms of the commercial value of unlicensed PC Software, the US topped the global list at $9.7 billion at an unlicensed rate of 18% and in a licensed market of $44.4 billion, followed by China, India, Brazil and France.

Unlicensed PC software 2013
Unlicensed PC software 2013

South Africa’s unlicensed software installation rate was the lowest in Africa, ahead of the likes of Egypt (62%) Nigeria (81%), Kenya (78%), and Tunisia (75%).

However, due to the size of its market, countries like Egypt ($198 million), Nigeria ($287 million), and Kenya ($128 million), were well below SA in terms of the commercial value of unlicensed software.

The report, drawn from a global survey of nearly 22,000 consumers and enterprise PC
users, along with a parallel survey of more than 2,000 IT managers, found that 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.

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Unlicensed software costs SA R4 billion