#CyberFLASH: Software Piracy Billion Dollar Canadian Problem


THUNDER BAY – Software piracy is a serious problem in Canada and around the world. The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States shares that often pirated software can contain malware. According to a 2011 BSA-IDC study, twenty-eight per cent of PC software installed on computers in Canada in 2010 was pirated, with a retail value of approximately US$1.066 billion. The impact on business can be very harsh, and expensive.

In March 2013, an Ontario-based company paid a total of $106,791 in fines and had to agree to delete all unlicensed software, acquire any licenses necessary to become fully compliant, and take measures to ensure its future compliance on all of the companies computers.

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