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Software piracy problemc has social aspects, Microsoft’s Tamer Özmen says. DHA photo

Software piracy problemc has social aspects, Microsoft’s Tamer Özmen says. DHA photo

Turkey follows China in software piracy among Microsoft markets, which places the country off of the global company’s top 20 markets list, the local chief executive of the company has said.

In spite of being world’s 17th largest economy, Turkey follows South Africa in the Middle East and Africa region and takes the 25th place in terms of the size of Microsoft’s markets, Tamer Özmen, the chief executive officer of Microsoft Turkey, told Reuters.

“Turkey is the second-largest country after China in terms piracy within the Microsoft world. We are a country that does not like to pay for labor. We do not let others steal our assets, but we can accept using others’ possessions without paying for it, even at the company level. This has to change socially,” he said.

The rate of illicit use of software in Turkey is 62 percent, the market value of which is estimated at $526 million, according to the latest data from Business Software Alliance. These figures put Turkey among the largest countries in terms of pirated software along with China, Russia, India, Indonesia and Argentina.

The majority of information technology investments go toward hardware and the rest to software according to data from International Data Corporation, a global data provider on information technologies.

“The software sector in England, France and Germany is 11-fold larger than the software sector in Turkey. It is possible that [the country] may turn into more of an importer country and an economy that does not produce [high-]value-added goods,” Özmen said.

Interest in Fatih project

Özmen said Microsoft wants to take part in the Turkish government’s Fatih project to replace traditional blackboards and textbooks with electronic boards and tablet PCs.

“We are showing our work to TÜBİTAK [the Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey] for the Windows 8 [operating system] to be used in the tablets. [Google’s operating system] Android was chosen. We do not think that there is a competitive environment and believe that every system should be available to maintain a true competitive environment,” he said.

Microsoft plans to introduce its search engine, Bing, in the domestic market in 2014, he also said.


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mara mcglothin

12/8/2012 11:03:53 PM

JOHN I truly wonder -When did it become obscene to be successful.? B. Gates does a lot of good things with his money, and afterall if he wants to burn it that is his perrogative. There sure are a lot of haters out there that can't seem to see anyone be successful. The fact remains that people own their own inventions and have a right to decide how much they cost, and people who cheat and copyright infringe should be punished severely.

john albay

12/8/2012 12:05:18 PM

@mara it is not capitalism it is the swindling for profit of a monopole of a few people for mega profits but then the world is not perfect!! Even Bill gates knows his money is disgusting and he tries in his own way to help,but his money is not used properly and does little to help the people.If his product was cheaper than no one would copy it: The same for rolex watches if they were cheap no one would copy them.copying is flattery and the masses want to be cool Like the stars and the rich.

Ali Karp

12/8/2012 9:26:10 AM

Why use Microsoft products? Turks should discover, Linux, OpenOffice, Google Docs, etc. That'll put Microsoft in place.

mara mcglothin

12/6/2012 9:06:25 PM

Copyright infringment is alive and well in all sectors in Turkey. Just go to Pazar and see how many RLauren shirts you can buy, or Louis Vuitton shoes, or Rolex watches, none of which are real! This is not new, but has been going on for at least 30 years that I can attest to personally. Why would Microsoft be any different. JOHN We call this capitalism. If you own it, then you can decide how much is paid for the product. It won't matter, still some will steal the technology.


12/6/2012 12:00:55 PM

There are too many thiefs in Turkey, not only stealing software. Look at all houses, buildings. Why are there always iron bars protecting windows and doors? Because there are thieves everywhere. What do they show on the TV-news? Thieves and car accidents. Why is this so? Maybe something wrong with the government as they cannot deal with this problem. Or the bribes are too tempting.

john albay

12/6/2012 11:18:46 AM

The cost of the software is far to high (just look at the profits they make) lower the cost of the software and it will not be pirated.

Faruk Beisser

12/6/2012 10:10:18 AM

Now, now, who would commit computer piracy in Turkey? I know no one. This fellow just wanted to have his pic in the news. And thank heaven, the schools did not get the trash called Windows 8!

Ryan James

12/6/2012 8:44:09 AM

It's "Deniz Feneri" everday, everywhere in Turkey.

Dennis Kavaz

12/6/2012 6:46:04 AM

Dear Mr. Tamer Ozmen whenever the U S wonted (though Turkey did not have much) Regardless Turkey would have given to the U S, Furthermore after 50 years of alliance you are sill accusing Turkey of (being a thief) stealing copy rights from Microsoft. Though illegal all the same to day everyone copies one another why not an ally?
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