East Africa firms confront software piracy problems
Small and medium-sized firms in East Africa are increasingly becoming aware of the risks of pirated software to their businesses, a leading computer software maker Sage has said. This comes in the wake of a joint report in August by Microsoft, and state actors indicating that firms in Kenya lose an estimated $128 million (about Sh12.96 billion) every year to unauthorised duplication, distribution or use of illegally reproduced computer software. The Business Software Alliance Global Software Survey put software piracy rates in Kenya at 78 per cent, ranking the country 20th in the world. “It is only through the support of our customers that we are able to keep investing in innovation,” Sage regional director Billy Owino said.