Competitive Advantage: The Economic Impact of Properly Licensed Software

Global Study Conducted for BSA by INSEAD eLab

INSEAD Report


Software is an essential tool of production in every sector of the modern economy. Enterprises of all sorts rely on it to design products, provide services, communicate with customers, and manage operations. But software contributes considerably more value to national economies if it is properly licensed than it does if it is pirated.

Indeed, properly licensed software has a positive impact on national economic activity that is more than three times the impact of pirated software, according to a new study from BSA | The Software Alliance. And the additional economic value associated with lawful software use is especially pronounced in developing markets: Every dollar invested in properly licensed software in low-income countries yields an astounding $437 in additional national production, on average.

These are among the findings of an analysis conducted for BSA by INSEAD, one of the world’s most prominent business schools and respected research institutions. Drawing on data from 95 countries, the study confirms that increasing use of properly licensed software in a national market corresponds to substantial positive gains in gross domestic product (GDP). It also reveals that licensed software has a greater economic stimulus effect than pirated software.

 


 

 

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Contacts
 

BSA North America
Randolph Court
+1.202.872.5500
randolphc@bsa.org

 

BSA Latin America
Rodger Correa
+1.202.530.5140
rodgerc@bsa.org


BSA Europe, Middle East, Africa
Lisa Randles
+44.207.340.6080
lisar@bsa.org


BSA Asia-Pacific
Gerard Chong
Radiant Comm.
+65-9818 3975
gerardchong@radiantcomms.com