Read in the news paper today that the BSA (Business Software Alliance) has given a grace period till late May 2006 (don’t remember the exact date), after which it will start cracking down on piracted software used by businesses and home users. I say its about time, since piracy is the number one cause why our domestic tech industry is not flourishing. 80% of the software used in Pakistan is pirated, which is a HUGE percentage.
But before you start uninstalling your copy of ‘special edition’ Windows XP and start looking out the window for suspicious government people, have a look at this story on The News website (dated Jan 25 2006). Apparently there was a grace period which ended on the 29th of January 2006, and I don’t think there was a huge anti-piracy campaign following that. I hope there is one this time around, ’cause we certainly need some shaking up.
I guess I’ll go and start saving money for a licensed Windows Vista…….