Support of IP strong, but ignorance prevails over legal software use - study

Friday, December 9, 2011

Most Brazilians acknowledge and support intellectual property (IP) rights, but fail to distinguish between legal and illegal software use, according to a study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), in partnership with the Ipsos polling institute.

Despite believing that innovators should be rewarded for their creations, and that intellectual property rights benefit creativity, create jobs and drive the local economy, nearly 50% of the Brazilians interviewed are unaware that installing software on multiple PCs in the work environment is illegal.

Asked whether they considered the following illegal forms of software acquisition "definitely legal" or "probably legal", respondents said yes to: installing software on other computers at home (65%), software borrowed from a friend or coworker (54%,) peer-to-peer networks (53%) and installing programs on multiple computers at work (49%).

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According to BSA, having multiple unlicensed copies of software installed on companies' PCs is the most harmful form of piracy for the software development industry.

In addition, 75% of the interviewees said that innovators/inventors should be rewarded for their work, while 29% think the benefits of innovation should be free to society.

Of the Latin American countries included in the study, Brazil has worse piracy indicators than Argentina, Chile and Colombia, but performs better than Mexico, which has the most software piracy in the region.

The study involved interviews with 15,000 software users in 32 countries, accounting for 90% of the global software market.