The rising use of cloud computing will help to curtail unlicensed software use, anti-software piracy watchdog said in its latest report released Tuesday.
"It seems clear that the growth of cloud services will lower unlicensed software use by giving vendors greater control of the distribution of software and continual views of usage, and by lowering the upfront costs for customers and providing continual services and enhancements," industry lobby group
Aside from cloud computing, a slowdown in shipments of new personal computers and the rapid growth in smart cell phones are also positive factors in combating software piracy, it said in its
"In a sense, it makes the software prices more affordable," said
"PC sales are still growing but the growth in tablets and smart phones is much faster," said
However, the impact is still minimal as present as cloud computing accounts for only 9 percent of the
"Unlicensed software use continued to be a major problem in 2013," the report said, with the global rate of unlicensed software use at 43 percent last year, amounting to a total commercial value of
A worrying sign cited by the report is that only one third of companies globally have written policies in place to ensure that they use only licensed software, even though IT managers are aware of the threat of using such software such as vulnerability to hackers' attacks and loss of data.
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