Le­banon soft­ware piracy sees slight drop

Coun­try ranks 37th in world with over two-thirds of pro­grams un­li­censed

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - BUSINESS -

BEIRUT: Soft­ware piracy in Le­banon re­mained high rel­a­tive to the global av­er­age de­spite a slight de­crease from 2017, the U.S.-based Busi­ness Soft­ware Al­liance said in a re­port re­leased Wed­nes­day.

The group es­ti­mated that of the to­tal soft­ware units in­stalled in 2017 in Le­banon, 69 per­cent were un­li­censed – a slight drop from the 70 per­cent es­ti­mated in 2015, 71 per­cent in each of 2011 and 2013, and 72 per­cent in 2009.

Le­banon came un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure from the United States, Euro­pean Union and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness groups to crack down on soft­ware and com­puter piracy.

The World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion has re­peat­edly told the Le­banese govern­ment that one of the con­di­tions to join WTO was com­pli­ance with in­ter­na­tional rules con­cern­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty.

“Le­banon had the 37th high­est piracy level among 111 coun­tries world­wide and the sixth high­est among 15 Arab coun­tries in­cluded in the sur­vey. Also, Le­banon had the 14th high­est piracy rate among 34 up­per mid­dle-in­come coun­tries in­cluded in the sur­vey,” the Busi­ness Soft­ware Al­liance said.

The sur­vey cov­ers op­er­at­ing sys­tems, busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions, sys­tems soft­ware such as data­bases and se­cu­rity pack­ages, and con­sumer ap­pli­ca­tions such as games, per­sonal fi­nance and ref­er­ence soft­ware.

“Le­banon’s soft­ware piracy rate was sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the global rate of 37 per­cent and the Mid­dle East & Africa rate of 56 per­cent. Libya had the high­est piracy rate in the world at 90 per­cent, while the United States had the low­est rate glob­ally at 15 per­cent in 2017,” the re­port said.

“Piracy rates among Arab coun­tries in­creased in Ye­men be­tween 2015 and 2017, while they re­gressed in 11 economies and were un­changed in Iraq, Libya and Oman.

“Glob­ally, Le­banon’s soft­ware piracy rate was higher than rates in Ecuador (68 per­cent) and in Ar­gentina and Uruguay (67 per­cent each), and lower than rates in Viet­nam (74 per­cent ), Tu­nisia (73 per­cent ) and Panama (71 per­cent ),” the re­port said.

The group es­ti­mated soft­ware piracy-re­lated losses in Le­banon to amount to $61 mil­lion in 2017, down from $65 mil­lion in 2013 and 2015. How­ever, this is up from losses of $52 mil­lion in 2011 and $46 mil­lion in 2009.

“Le­banon’s piracy-re­lated dol­lar losses were sim­i­lar to those in El Sal­vador, and came higher than those in Be­larus ($59 mil­lion), Oman ($56 mil­lion) and Morocco ($52 mil­lion), and lower than losses in Egypt ($64 mil­lion), and in Kaza­khstan and New Zealand ($62 mil­lion each),” the re­port said.

“Le­banon’s piracy-re­lated dol­lar losses stood at 0.12 per­cent of GDP in 2017, rel­a­tive to 0.13 per­cent of GDP in each of 2009, 2011 and 2015.” –

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