April 18, 2024

Software Infringement Rate Decreasing

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a prominent industry group, has announced the results of its annual study of copyright compliance by business software users.

According to BSA, 39% of business application software, worldwide, was infringing in 2002. This is down from a high of 49% in 1994. The U.S. was the most law-abiding country, with an infringement rate of 23% in 2002.

These are interesting data for the debate about music and movie copyrights. For software at least, the infringement rate is going down, and the U.S. has the lowest infringement rate. The software industry must be doing something right.