Software piracy affects the Colorado economy, eliminates local jobs and damages local industries. During 2003, piracy cost the Colorado economy more than 2,100 jobs, more than $122 million in wages and salaries, more than $178 million in retail sales of business software applications and about $29 million in taxes. During 2006, the U.S. software industry lost $7.3 billion as a result of software piracy, an increase of $400 million compared to the previous year.
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