Microsoft reports its investigators came up empty when searching for software piracy in Dunedin.
Clayton Noble, the company’s Australian-based legal counsel, says that was a first for New Zealand. Usually the company’s investigative sweeps find something.
When the company conducted a similar investigation in Auckland last year it found six retailers selling counterfeit software.
In truth New Zealand is one of the least piratical nations when it comes to computer software.
The Business Software Association – effectively a Microsoft controlled anti-piracy organisation – says three out of five computer programs used in the Asia-Pacific region is unlicensed – the global figure is 42 percent.
In its most recent survey the BSA found New Zealand’s piracy rate is just 22 percent. That’s the third lowest of all the countries surveyed and just behind Japan on 21 percent and the USA on 19 percent.