Software piracy costs Massachusetts $850 million BOSTON (Reuters) - Software piracy cost Massachusetts more than 4,300 jobs and at least $850 million in lost wages, tax revenue, and retail sales during 1997, said an industry study released today. The report, released by industry behemoth Microsoft Corp., said a 25 percent rate of piracy cost Massachusetts $240 million in wages and salaries, $600 million in retail sales and $11 million in taxes. Software is a $9.2 billion industry in the state, according to the Massachusetts Software Council. "These figures demonstrate unequivocally that software piracy is not a victimless crime," said Orlando Ayala, senior vice president at Microsoft Americas. Microsoft released the study at its Explorer Conference & Exposition in Boston.