Half of software used in Latvia is pirated

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Although unlicensed computer software can increase cyber threats, 49% of computer software in use in Latvia is pirated, according to a study by Business Software Alliance (BSA), reported LETA newswire Wednesday.

According to the BSA study, the percentage of unlicensed software in Latvia was 53% in 2013.

Meanwhile, the proportion of pirated software in use across the world has dropped to 39% from 43% in 2013.

The highest percentage of unlicensed software, 61%, has been recorded in the Asia Pacific region, followed by Central and Eastern Europe with 58% and the Middle East and Africa with 57%.

In Western Europe the share of pirated software is 28%, and only 17% of computer software is illegal in North America .

BSA is a Washington-based organization represented in more than 60 countries of the world. It's the world’s leading organization for protection of interests of the software industry.

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