Software piracy rate drops in China

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): China's software piracy rate dropped by two percentage points from 2009 to 2010, but the commercial value of the illegitimate software last year was up by 1.55 percent to 20.1 billion dollars, according to a new survey. The survey by Internet research firm, Chinalabs, said the overall piracy rate declined from 14 percent to 12 percent. The State Intellectual Property Office commissioned Chinalabs to track such data since 2005. More than 4,800 individual and corporate respondents across the country participated, and results were released on Thursday, the China Daily reports.he decline in the piracy rate was attributed to government campaigns to increase the use of legitimate software, the emergence of cheaper products offered by domestic companies, the wider availability of free programs and to more diversified software distribution channels. The survey's report called for continuous support from governments and large companies in promoting legitimate software, which will reassure the software industry and guide consumers. (ANI)

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