Canadian software makers say a recent global survey indicating piracy in the country is on the decline proves that beefing up intellectual property theft laws does help. But a adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, Elijah Dann, questioned whether the decline in piracy here could be attributed to tougher legislation or other factors.
A 10-point drop in the estimated 35 per cent global software piracy rate would create 2.4 million jobs and US$400 billion in economic growth over four years, according to a study released by a software trade group Thursday.
Here's one downgrading the Philippines would welcome with open arms. Long suffering from the stigma attached to being a haven for intellectual property pirates, the Philippines is eagerly looking forward to an earlier audit by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) that it hopes would lead to its removal from the list of countries with the highest piracy rates.
Despite the concerted efforts of several government agencies to curb the use of illegal software, the Philippines remains in the list of nations with the highest software piracy rates in the Asia-Pacific region.
Three Ontario-based companies on Tuesday settled with the Canadian Alliance Against Software Theft (CAAST) and the Business Software Alliance (BSA), agreeing to pay a combined total of more than $88,000 in damages.