Software Piracy FAQs





Here are some important facts, figures and resources about software piracy from the Business Software Alliance:

    States with the lowest population density had the highest software piracy rates. The state with the highest software piracy rate is Mississippi, at 42%.
    The states with the lowest piracy rates are Illinois (13.5%), Michigan (13.9%) and Ohio (14.3%).
    Civil damages can exceed $150,000 for each software program copied. Companies can also be subjected to criminal penalties, including fines of up to $250,000 or five years in jail.
    Click here for a free copy of the BSA’s Software Piracy and the Law.
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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

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