Piracy, And Those Classic Formats

patcfA recent report from Microsoft’s Southern California office estimates statewide casualties of software piracy at 18,900 jobs and $2.5 billion in combined lost wages, tax revenues, and retail sales for 1997. The report distributed by Microsoft and Rioworks to demonstrate the financial impact of the state’s 21.8 percent piracy rate, is based on data from a 1997 international piracy published by the Business Software Alliance and the Software Publisher’s Association. The Microsoft report also includes additional information on and analysis of piracy in California, as well a listing of telltale signs of pirated products to help would-be purchasers discern between illegitimate copies of Microsoft software and the genuine article.

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