Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Piracy and the software marketplace (unexpected results)

1. Pirated Software in Ukraine makes software almost free
2. Low cost software (alternatives to Microsoft) is Ukraine's SW producers most likely market niche
3. Since software is close to free, there is no market for low cost software alternatives
4. No market for SW, equalates no Ukrainian SW industry (for popular SW)
5. In the short term, international software publishers lose sales, in the longer term, as Ukrainian economy grows and matures, there is no domestic SW industry to rival international software publishers.
6. Short term piracy is of longer term benefit to international software publishers.

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