APRIL 1 2013 22:55h

Rapid rise in fines collected for software piracy in Croatia

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In the last two years, fines for software piracy were collected in the amount of some 100,000 euros per year in Croatia, as against a mere 5,000 euros paid as fines in 2010, the spokesman for the Croatia office of the BSA alliance, a group representing a number of the world's largest software makers and a member of the International Intellectual Property Alliance, said recently.

The spokesman Andrej Matijevic presented findings of a three-month long information campaign conducted in Croatia to raise the awareness of the importance of responsible management of software assets.

According to the results of the campaign, 98% of Croatian companies covered by this action said they used only the software properly licensed.

Matijevic interpreted it as proof that the awareness of importance of the use of software properly licensed was being promoted in Croatia. However, the awareness about the importance of responsible management of software assets is still low, according to him.

Software piracy is the unauthorised copying or distribution of copyrighted software. This can be done by copying, downloading, sharing, selling, or installing multiple copies onto personal or work computers.

The BSA is a Washington-headquartered non-profit making organisation committed to educating the public about software copyrights and cybersecurity. It is active in more than 80 countries worldwide, and in Croatia it has 12 members. (Hina)

 


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