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Thailand urged to get tough on pirates

BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman.

BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman.

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has identified Thailand as one of nine priority countries in the fight against piracy, and is encouraging the Government to meet international standards in copyright law.

BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman told Database that on this year's Asian trip he only visited China and Thailand to show how important it is to the market that the issue of software piracy is tackled.

The BSA, which covers more than 80 countries, identified China, Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Turkey and Thailand as having the highest rates of piracy.

Furthermore, Thailand is a priority also because both its home PC market and business IT usage are experiencing rapid growth.

Even through the Government has made progress in the bid to reduce software piracy over the past few years, its rate of 76 percent of software sold in 2008 being pirated is still higher than the Asia Pacific average of 61 percent.


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