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Four-fifths of Nigeria’s software is pirated

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A new study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has revealed that the commercial value of unlicensed software in Nigeria exceeded US$287m in 2013. It estimates that 81% of the software installed on Nigerian PCs in Nigeria in 2013 was not properly licensed.

In the Middle East and Africa, the commercial value of unlicensed software was over US$4.3bn in 2013, the study says. Worldwide, unlicensed software makes up 43% of all software installed on PCs. Emerging markets now account for 56% of all PCs in use worldwide and 73% of all unlicensed software installations. Source: Vanguard

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