Wednesday, January 26

Microsoft Takes Aim at Zambia Piracy

One of my first blogs concerned Zambia and music piracy. Now, Microsoft is urging Zambia to implement its Information and Communication Technology Policy. According to Microsoft, "between 2003 and 2004, it lost about $12.4 billion worth of revenue through worldwide software piracy, with 81 percent of the loss coming from Africa."

Zambia lacks software piracy laws, and Microsoft has had difficulty prosecuting alleged pirates. Nevertheless, Zambia's new ICT policy does not include distribution in its anti-piracy laws, meaning Microsoft will likely continue to face prosecution problems.