It turns out that all of the world's problems could be resolved by stamping out piracy, or so goes the story from the Business Software Alliance. The BSA - "Be prepared [to intimidate people into slobbering submission]" - never met an alleged software pirate that it didn't hate, and believes that piracy has a huge negative impact on the global economy, including the US economy. In fact, it paid (commissioned) IDC to come up with the following numbers:
If the amount of software piracy in the US were to be reduced by 10 percentage points over the next four years, IDC believes the end result would be $41 billion in economic growth, $7 billion in additional tax revenues, and the creation of over 32,000 new jobs. In countries with higher rates of piracy, the impact would be even greater.
Maybe, maybe not.
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