Results from a global software piracy study released yesterday report around 38 per cent of 615 million new business software applications installed worldwide during 1998 were pirated.
The fourth annual independent study on global software piracy released by Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), claims the figures represent a rise of 2.5 million applications pirated since 1997.
Australia's piracy rate increased slightly from 32 per cent in 1997 to 33 per cent in 1998, the report states.
The report's authors equate the piracy rise to a financial loss in Australia alone of 290 million to the software industry in 1998, rising from $200 million in 1997.
Revenue losses to the global software industry from piracy are estimated at $10.9 billion, while North America contributed $3.2 billion to the "lost revenue" equation, representing 26 per cent ofworldwide revenue losses.