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Microsoft opens office in Bosnia, hopes to cut down piracy

Posted by iNext - 2006-03-02

US software giant Microsoft announced the opening of an office in Bosnia, saying it hoped to reduce the illegal use of software there.
 
Microsoft manager for southeastern Europe Goran Radman said that "some 70.0 percent of software market in Bosnia-Hercegovina is illegal", adding that the average European rate was 30.0 percent.

The company planned to reduce software piracy in Bosnia to 50.0 percent within the next five years, he said.

Since November last year, Microsoft has run a campaign in Bosnia offering its products at a 40.0 percent discount.

Earlier this year, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Bosnian Prime Minister Adnan Terzic agreed to begin negotiations on future cooperation.

Although Bosnia has laws on authors' rights, it lacks arrangements to enforce them, and the illegal use of copyright material flourishes.

A Microsoft source alleged that even the Bosnian administration used illegal software, although some of its software had been provided by foreign donors.



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