Microsoft to launch anti-piracy media campaign in Ethiopia

Computing

Microsoft Corp. has announced that it will soon start a strong media campaign against pirated computer software programs.

Andrew Waititu, licensing and compliance manager for East Africa, on told journalists that his company has made a market assessment in Ethiopia. “Based on the assessment we found out that 85-90 percent of the software programs in the local market are pirated,” Waititu said.

According to Waititu, Ethiopian government offices, the largest computer buyers, are suffering from the impacts of pirated software. “We need to create awareness among the public on the negative impacts of pirated software. People may think that they would save money by purchasing pirated software for cheap prices. However, the repercussion will cost the consumer more,” he said.

The Reporter