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Georgian pirates in advance of the planet2011-05-19 15:41
Georgian governors enjoy boasting of various virtual achievements: the country has got most favourable business climate, corruption has been eliminated, one billion of foreign investments is expected soon. However, these imaginary improvements do not affect the common citizens' life. But now Tbilisi may chalk up a tangible achievement: Georgia is topping the list of the countries with the greatest share of illegal software revealed by Business Software Alliance.
Business Software Alliance annually publishes the rating of the countries with the highest level of computer piracy. Georgia has become an unquestionable leader in this doubtful register last year. According to the company, about 93 percent of software used in the country's territory is infringement production. The Caucasian republic is accompanied by Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Moldova. The share of unlicensed software reaches 91 percent in the South-African state and 90 percent in Bangladesh and Moldova.
Such neighbourhood describes the real state of things more vividly than any statements of the Georgian government about the breathtaking economic success, for Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have long engrained in the list of the poorest countries and the economic situation in Moldova is the hardest one among the European countries. It turns out that common Georgians are incapable of paying for licensed software, as well as the citizens of the poorest world regions. Computer piracy is flourishing in the country but the Georgian officers loudly report more victories in criminality control. While they are blowing up, trying on the undeserved laurels, the world largest computer companies, having assured themselves of the total incapability of the Georgian law-enforcement authorities, made up their mind to take the situation under their own control. According to Business Software Alliance, Corel, Siemens and even the eternal rivals for global markets Apple and Microsoft decided to combine their efforts in resisting the flow of infringement software that has swept through Georgia.