East Africa firms con­front soft­ware piracy prob­lems

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

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.

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