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U.S. has lowest piracy rate in the world

Software companies continue to cite huge monetary losses that they attribute to piracy. The question for some who doubt the claimed losses resulting from piracy is whether the people pirating software would actually buy the software if they didn’t get it illegally.

A new report has been issued that claims the global loss to software piracy is over $50 billion.

The report claims that in 2009, 43% of the software on computers around the world was pirated, up from 41% the previous year. Of the $50.4 billion in losses attributed to piracy globally, $16.5 million of that number is said to be in the Asia-Pacific region alone. The most prolific pirating nations are Brazil, India, and China. The average piracy rate in the Asia-Pacific area is 59%. Yahoo News reports that the 59% number means that 900 million computers in the area run pirated software.

The Business Software Alliance's Jeffrey Hardee said, "This study makes clear that while efforts to bring down piracy levels in the Asia-Pacific are enjoying some success, dollar losses at over 16.5 billion (dollars) remain the highest in the world. This is unacceptable and there is still much to be done to engage governments, businesses and consumers on the risks and impact of software piracy."

The world's top pirate country is Georgia in the former Soviet Union where 95% of all software is claimed to be illegal. Behind Georgia are Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Moldova, Armenia, and Yemen. The country with the lowest piracy rate is the U.S. at 20% followed by Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Australia.

Asia continues to be the largest source of software piracy according to the report despite increasing crackdowns by governments in the area. In January 2009, China sentenced 11 in a case that involved millions of copies of pirated software.


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Adobe Reader $300
By McGixxer on 5/11/2010 12:19:10 PM , Rating: 5
Adobe Reader... The program I have to pay 300 dollars to use to save a file that someone else made to be edited!?

Adobe software deserves to be pirated due to insane pricing and Adobe deserves a swift death!

If Adobe charged 49.99 for reader pro it would completely change the way I feel about the company, but because of their insane pricing, I hope they go out of business and get replaced by something or someone!


RE: Adobe Reader $300
By ClownPuncher on 5/11/2010 1:48:35 PM , Rating: 1
Reader is free, Acrobat is full featured software that does alot more than you imply.

RE: Adobe Reader $300
By McGixxer on 5/13/2010 11:15:23 AM , Rating: 2
The ability to save a file is still 300.00 though...

You somehow missed the whole point of what I was saying about paying $300.00 to be able to save a file.

While Im not disputing the fact that the software does a lot more then what I need it to do, there is no option between free and 300 dollars to do what I any many people want to be able to do for a more resonable amount of money.

$300.00 is not a resonable amount of money to edit and save a file. My OS didnt cost that much money.

Adobe Acrobat Pro is Pirated like crazy! (I heard) ;)

If they dropped it down to 50.00 or at least made a version that aloud you to save files for 50.00 people wouldnt pirate it as much, and Adobe would make more money.

RE: Adobe Reader $300
By bodar on 5/11/2010 4:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
ClownPuncher is correct, Acrobat does a lot more than a simple edit. However, Adobe is not the only game in town.

Google: PDF XChange Pro (since DT spam filter won't let me post the link). It doesn't have the best UI but it has a lot of competitive features.

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