Thursday, February 22, 2007

Software Piracy 2006 report on Malaysia

These are some statistics from the IIPA's (International Intellectual Property Alliance) 2006 report on piracy.
  • Malaysian music piracy is down 4% last year from 49% to 45%.
  • At the same time, the business software piracy is up 1% to 61% from 60% the previous year.
  • Motion pictures piracy is high at 91%.
  • Entertainment software decrease 1% from 91% to 90%.
  • Estimated losses from the books piracy is US$9 million (RM31.5 million)
With these results, Malaysia remained in the Watch List (less critical from the Priority Watch List) of the US Trade Representative (USTR) Piracy Watch since 2001. Our country once occupied the list of the Priority Watch List before.

The current Priority Watch List consisted of:
  • Asia - India, China & Thailand
  • Europe - Russia, Ukraine
  • America - Argentina, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela
  • Africa - Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
Seems like we are not too bad as compared to these countries.

IIPA also published a summary of its global initiatives in 2007.

Two positives reports on Malaysian's effort in combating software piracy were also mentioned, namely:
  • The closure of 11 CD plants, a commendable efforts to tackle the optical over-production problem (resulting in less supply)
  • Sustained efforts against retail outlets that sell pirated software like raids on the shopping complexes such as Low Yat, Imbi Plaze and many more (resulting in less marketplaces)

IIPA concerns for Malaysia:
  • Backlogs of IP (Intellectual Property) cases in court. (An IP Court will be most likely to be established this year in Malaysia by Malaysian Government)
  • Clamp down on the export of pirated product from Malaysia (Made in Malaysia pirated software are well distributed worldwide)
  • Increase in mobile music piracy (shopping complexes, night market etc)
  • Emergence of more 'hard goods' websites distributing pirated movies.

TheStar, 22 February 2007 (Malaysia to remain on piracy Watch List?)
IIPA website

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