Armenian software fakers mainly focus on Microsoft, Symantec and adobe products

Armenian software fakers mainly focus on Microsoft, Symantec and adobe products

YEREVAN, September 16. /ARKA/. Armenian software fakers mainly focus on Microsoft, Symantec and Adobe products, Narine Mkrtchyan, legal adviser of Business Software Alliance international organization, said Thursday at a press conference in Novosti International Press Center.

She said that although software fake rate and usage of licensed software are not monitored in Armenia, but the Alliance’s observations and the monitoring conducted by foreign companies show that Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe fake versions are the most popular in Armenia.

Mkrtchyan said that the Alliance cooperates not only with outlets, but also with representatives of business community.

She said that the Alliance is opposed to tough methods in combating piracy, and thinks negotiations and explanatory work can produce greater effect.

She said that if talks produce no results, the Alliance is ready to protect intellectual property by any not forbidden means.

She said that the state agencies started using licensed products, but the piracy rate recorded at 92% shows that software fake remains commonplace in Armenia.

“Reasonable state policy will make it possible to ensure an intensive flow of funds in the budget, since now taxes on sold products are not paid, and intellectual property owner doesn’t get due fee. This is income of dozens of millions of dollars”, Mkrtchyan said.

Another obstacle for ridding the country of fake products or making their usage not so widespread is low public awareness.

That is why the Alliance has plenty to do for enhancing public awareness. The organization has awareness enhancement programs.

The organization reports that Armenia recorded 92% fake software rate in 2008 against 93% in 2007.

The damage from usage of unlicensed software in Armenia amounted to $7 million in 2008.

The United States, Japan, New Zealand an d Luxembourg are countries with the lowest software fake rate – 20%, while Georgia (95%), Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Armenia(92%) as well as Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan and Moldova with their 90% are countries with the highest software fake rate. M.V.-0--

00:41 17.09.2009





 

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