The level of software piracy in the UK has remained largely static over the last few years at around the 27% mark.
This morning the Business Software Alliance came out with a host of compelling reasons to reduce the level of illegal software being used by 7 to 10% over the next four years.
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These were the reasons:
A reduction in piracy would deliver £1.5bn in tax revenues and £5.4bn in new economic activity and create 13,011 new jobs.
Good luck in getting there, but so far the efforts to reduce piracy have failed to make a big impact and those efforts have been widespread.
The industry would all like that reduction to happen but it is going to take muscle not just from the industry - that has never been lacking - but from the government, too.
The powers that be need to save money so that would be a tick in the box, need to show they can be tough on cheats and that would also be a thumbs up and need to show they care about creative industries.
We wait to see what the reaction to the IDC figures from the government will be.