BSA hits Thailand

Ecotec – Economic and Technical Crimes Suppression Division – in Thailand has been urged to crackdown on software piracy by the BSA. It’s not just here in the states that audits are on the rise, but overseas companies are feeling it too. The crackdown will begin this month, and the organization will offer rewards up to 500,000 baht for tips of unlicensed software use.

According to an IDC Study on the Economic Benefits of Reducing PC Software Piracy released in January “A 10 percentage point reduction in Thailand’s PC software piracy rate would generate 2,100 new jobs, an additional US$1 billion (approximately 34.5 billion baht) in economic growth and more than $55 million (approximately 1.898 billion baht) in additional annual tax revenue.” That’s money you had better believe they are going to want to claim in the coming year!

Between January and August this year, police raided 39 companies from numerous industries, including manufacturing, design, automotive component production, plastics and packaging.

BSA has infiltrated Canada, Malaysia and The UK recently as well proving software companies are very serious about piracy across the globe.

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