Microsoft in collaboration with the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) has announced one month amnesty to individuals, SMEs, and corporates currently using the non-genuine software. The amnesty comes in the hope that the culprit will take the opportunity of this month-long amnesty to purchase or subscribe to the genuine/licensed software before the anti-piracy authority comes knocking on their doors.
A recent report titled BSA Global Software Survey of 2014, 43% of software running on PCs around the world (valued at $6.27 billion) are either pirated on not fully licensed. In Kenya, it is estimated that up to 78% (valued at Ksh 12 billion) of software running in PCs are pirated or not properly licensed.
“Software piracy is increasingly stifling economic growth in Kenya today. The rampant use of non-genuine software is denying the country an opportunity to derive gains from licensed software, which has shown greater return on investment elsewhere in the world,” said Edward Sigei the KECOBO Acting Director.
The survey also unveils that if the number of licensed software use globally were to increase by just 1%, there will be a $73 billion injection into the world …read more
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