The Kingdom's software piracy rate was the fifth lowest among
The lowest piracy rate in the region was registered in the
The commercial value of unlicensed software in
"About 85 per cent of the private sector's schools have already stopped using unlicensed software. This is a major achievement that we expected would lead to a further drop in the piracy rate."
Last year, the NLD also implemented a major campaign in cooperation with Microsoft Jordan to raise awareness among shop owners on the risks of selling unlicensed software, and many violating stores were fined, Abbadi said.
Since the beginning of this year, the NLD has referred more than 240 cases of intellectual property right violations to court.
It has also confiscated more than 64,000 pirated items, 25-30 per cent of which are software, followed by videogames, Abbadi said.
Commending the presence of various law enforcement entities that help in protecting intellectual property rights and preventing cyber crimes,
"Compared to several countries in the region,
She added that
Citing the study, Jaser said the Internet represents the main source for obtaining pirated software (45 per cent), followed by markets (21 per cent) and borrowing from other people (16 per cent).
At the global level, 43 per cent of the software installed on personal computers in 2013 was not properly licensed, the BSA study showed, marking an uptick from 42 per cent in its previous study in 2011.
The commercial value of these unlicensed software installations slipped marginally to
The chief reason computer users around the world cite for not using unlicensed software is avoiding security threats from malware, according to the study.
Among the security risks associated with unlicensed software, 64 per cent of users cited unauthorised access by hackers as a top concern, while 59 per cent cited loss of data.
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