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Latin American piracy rates increased one percentage point overall in 2010, with 64% of software purchased being illegal copies, according to Business Software Alliance's (BSA) global software piracy report 2010.
According to the study, Venezuela lead the region in terms of piracy with a rate of 88%, one point higher compared to 2009, followed by Paraguay (83%), El Salvador, Bolivia and Guatemala (all at 80%), and Nicaragua (79%).
Colombia and Brazil had the lowest piracy rate at 54%, followed by Costa Rica and Mexico (58%).
When comparing the piracy rates in 2009 and 2010, of the 18 Latin American countries analyzed, 12 decreased between one and two percentage points, five stayed flat and three went up one point.
The study also included the unlicensed software sales' commercial value, with the total in 2010 in Latin America coming to US$7.03bn - nearly US$1.00bn higher compared with 2009 and US$3.00bn when compared with 2008.
Due to their market size, Brazil and Mexico topped the list of the value of pirated software sold in 2010, at a respective US$2.62bn and US$1.20bn.