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Brazil has been ranked fifth in online software piracy, according to a global study carried out by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the entity reported on its website.
From January to July, the country registered a total 109,641 infringements, putting Brazil among the top five countries with more than 100,000 online software piracy actions during the first seven months of the year.
The US leads the global rank, with 269,519 online software infringements, followed by Italy (247,652), France (137,567) and Spain (132,738).
In Latin America, Argentina comes after Brazil, with 21,324 actions, ahead of Mexico (12,548), Chile (10,220) and Colombia (7,978).
BSA considers illegal software that which can be found on the internet via auction sites, peer-to-peer (P2P) sites, BitTorrent index sites, one-click file hosting sites and other internet channels, including social networks and business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to business (B2B) sites.
According to BSA, the data is collected using an online auction tracking system and other proprietary technologies to monitor the distribution of pirated software.
The most targeted sites in the BSA study include BitTorrent, eDonkey, Gnutella and Kad, Ebay, MercadoLibre and iOffer.