A 10 per cent reduction in the UK software piracy rate would create thousands of jobs and give the economy a multi-billion pound boost, research claims.
The latest joint study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the IDC has claimed that the UK would be £5.4bn better off if the 27 per cent software piracy rate was cut to 17 per cent between now and 2013.
The reduction would also lead to the generation of 13,011 extra jobs within the technology sector and generate £1.5bn in new taxes, it is claimed.
Michala Wardell, chair of the BSA UK committee, said: “The impact of software piracy reaches beyond software publishers. [It] starves local distributors and service providers of spending that creates jobs and generates more tax revenues boosting the local economy.
“This study shows that the entire economy can benefit from lowering software piracy in the UK as aggressively and as quickly as possible."
The BSA/IDC Economic Benefits of Reducing Software Piracy study examined the impact that reducing the software piracy rate by 10 percentage points would have on the economies of 42 countries.
On a global scale, its findings also showed that a 10 per cent reduction in software piracy by 2013 would create 500,000 technology jobs worldwide and generate £90bn of new economic activity.
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