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Submission + - BSA piracy study 'exaggerating $63bn losses' (

Qedward writes: In open source guru Glyn Moody's latest Open Enterprise blog, Glyn slates the annual report by the Business Software Alliance — the 'Shadow Market' — and its figures for how much is 'lost' by pirated software.


"The reality is that unauthorised copies are not only "costing" Western software companies far less than $63.4bn, but that this loss is almost entirely self-inflicted because of inappropriate pricing strategies in the emerging economies. BSA members could turn a problem into an opportunity overnight if they so wished, but they choose not to — that's the real story, not the big, scary numbers that are churned out each year but that actually mean nothing."

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