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More Than A Third Of All Software Counterfeit

PC software piracy stayed stable worldwide last year, an industry trade group said Tuesday, but anti-piracy efforts in some countries -- notably China and Russia -- have beaten back counterfeit programs in a few areas.

According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which sponsored the annual survey conducted by IDC, 35 percent of all software installed on PCs globally in 2005 was bogus.

Although that's the same percentage as during 2004, the BSA boasted that piracy rates declined in more than half of the countries covered in 2005's report, and increased in just 19.

In particular, the group highlighted piracy drops in Russia, China, and India -- problem countries in part because of their size, in part because of a culture of counterfeiting -- where fake software fell by 4, 4, and 2 percent, respectively.

"This year marks the second year in a row where there has been a decrease in the PC software piracy rate in China, " said the BSA's chief executive Robert Holleyman in a statement. "This is particularly significant, considering the vast PC growth taking place in the Chinese IT market."

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