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Stomping piracy mandates IT hirings, increases jobs and revenues study concludes; everyone wins except the pirates

Piracy is stronger than ever in the digital world today.  Movies, books, and music -- none are safe from the reach of pirates. The media typically reports chiefly on the harmful effects of these crackdowns, but what good might they yield?  This was the angle taken by a recent study by IDC IT Markets, which investigated the possible beneficial financial impact of increased efforts to cut software piracy worldwide.

Software piracy, which Romania says is akin the foundation of its statehood, accounts for billions in lost revenue worldwide.  China has a piracy rate of 82%, while Vietnam has a piracy rate of a whopping 88%.  Reducing this piracy by only 10% would generate $40 billion USD in economic growth and $5 billion USD in tax revenue for the region, according to the IT firm helping with the study.

IDC analyst
Marcel Warmerdam states, "In a country with a high piracy rate like Vietnam, a local software entrepreneur is not going to develop software because it will be stolen. That means high piracy countries don't develop a local software sector and that's bad because software helps companies become more competitive."

The IDC study also covered 42 other countries.  If piracy was cut in these countries by 10% over the next four years, the study estimated that it would generate 600,000 high-tech jobs in the U.S. and abroad.  It would also generate
$141 billion USD in new revenue and provide $24 billion USD in new global tax revenue.

Countries could hire IT experts to help fight piracy, which would both strengthen their economy and foster a high-tech industry, the study states.  It points out that if China cut its piracy by 10%, the additional IT personnel needed would allow it to surpass the U.S. for the largest IT workforce.  It points out that if Russia did the same, it could surpass India in IT force size, possibly bringing relief to the economic-stricken nation.

On the home front, a percent reduction would lead to
32,000 new jobs and add an additional $41 billion USD to our economy.

The study does note that most of the jobs created from fighting piracy will be overseas.  Since Asia has by far the highest piracy rates, it would have the largest job influx with
435,000 new jobs stemming from the theoretical reduction.

While the study is certainly in the realm of theory, it provides an interesting perspective on the benefits of cutting piracy in a time when public sentiment remains very sympathetic towards pirates.

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what happens...
By Screwballl on 1/24/2008 1:28:10 PM , Rating: 2
... when all piracy has been stamped out? A worldwide police state where every aspect of every persons life is monitored and illegal actions can be immediately prosecuted remotely (hand becomes useless for 1 hour to a lifetime if you steal something, killer dies as soon as he purposely kills another human and so on). What happens to all these jobs now that piracy is stamped out? A portion will find jobs in other IT based sectors but many will become unemployed becoming criminals themselves.

RE: what happens...
By rcc on 1/24/2008 2:48:11 PM , Rating: 1
Oh please. Here's another option for you.

Piracy is reduced to a negligible level because people accept responsibility for their own actions and quit lying, cheating, stealing, and rationalizing their actiions.
Theft dwindles because people realize it's wrong and find other avenues for their creative talents.
Everyone can be more productive and happier because security requirements can be virtually eliminated.
And everyone finds jobs in the new utopia where crime and security don't walk hand in hand to stifle commerce and progress.

RE: what happens...
By Screwballl on 1/24/2008 2:59:21 PM , Rating: 2
yes but those same people would also have to become very religious very quick and that would cover the entire planet... I think my post has a better chance of becoming reality.

RE: what happens...
By rcc on 1/24/2008 7:07:15 PM , Rating: 2
lol, one does not need to be religious to discover civic responsibility. On a macro scale it's actually quite the opposite.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard
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