Russia lucrative market for unlicensed software, Microsoft

Russia is a notoriously lucrative market for unlicensed software, movies and music - a persistent issue in Moscow's stalled accession to the World Trade Organisation. Microsoft checked 2,500 retailers in 53 Russian cities over the last few months and found 25% offered illegally copied software, while 11 per cent of stores offered to install the […]

Russia is a notoriously lucrative market for unlicensed software, movies and music - a persistent issue in Moscow's stalled accession to the World Trade Organisation. Microsoft checked 2,500 retailers in 53 Russian cities over the last few months and found 25% offered illegally copied software, while 11 per cent of stores offered to install the unlicensed programs onto clients' computers. Microsoft provided evidence for nearly 1,000 prosecutions across Russia over 2009. In the country’s capital, Moscow, the rate of retailers commercializing pirated Microsoft software is a little bigger than the overall average, namely 27%. However, Russian authorities seem to suffer from the short arm of the law syndrome, as in Central Siberia and the Far East, no less than 71% of retailers are offering pirated products. "Now, as we see, there are significantly fewer sales points of that kind ... and now the majority of retailers offer only licensed programs."

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