Mauritius loses $4 million from fake software sales


The Mauritian economy has suffered a loss of US$ 4 million in 2009 due to the sale of counterfeit software according to a survey carried out worldwide, APA learns in the Mauritian capital Port Louis.

The survey carried out by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), an international association representing the software industry worldwide and the International Data Corporation (IDC), a specialist in market study indicates that between 2005 to date, the value of pirated software stands at US$19 million in Mauritius.

Dale Waterman, co-chairman of the BSA for the Middle East and Africa avers that because of the rapid growth of the software market in countries such as Mauritius, the rate of piracy worldwide has increased from 41% in 2008 to 43% in 2009.

He added that the prevalence of pirated software in countries of the Indian Ocean limits the emergence and development of local technology, the creation of jobs and economic growth and by extension reduces tax earnings of the state.

For his part, Paul Bunting, anti-piracy manager of Microsoft Indian Ocean (MIO) expressed his satisfaction that there has been a 1% decrease in the software piracy rate in the island.

He added that he was pleased with the legal actions taken by the government.

Also Bunting said that educational campaigns in schools which were carried out by agencies in collaboration with the government have made the difference in Mauritius.

Meanwhile, Gerard Louise, Director of the Mauritius Society of Authors who commented on the BSA/IDC report for Mauritius declared that the 56% rate of software piracy in the island is worrying in the face of the ambition of the government to make Mauritius an information technology hub.

Louise added that his organisation will intensify its collaboration with MIO to counter piracy.

Sources: and APA