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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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RE: Piracy
By lightfoot on 5/11/2010 12:52:38 PM , Rating: 1
But for the most part, people playing games, movies, etc wouldn't have paid anything anyway.

If it truly isn't worth anything then why are they wasting their time using it? Your logic is flawed. The people are clearly playing the games and watching the movies. They DO value the product that they are using. They simply aren't willing to pay for it.

Maybe the pricing model is somewhat broken, but even "free" is still cheaper than "reasonable."

The problem is that the cost of theft is so low that even a reasonable price is considered too high by the thieves.

Taking your logic to its logical conclusion, all movies and games will cease to be created because nobody is willing to pay for entertainment.

RE: Piracy
By Inkjammer on 5/11/2010 1:39:08 PM , Rating: 2
If it truly isn't worth anything then why are they wasting their time using it? Your logic is flawed.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not justifying piracy, and I don't engage in it (except for the occasional TV show downloads, but I pay cable and Netflix as it is, so...)

It bothers me when people pirate it and try to play online, or log 100+ hours into a game (Fallout 3), can't stop talking about it, then go "Eh, it wasn't worth it" like my friend. I don't agree with that. You put that much time into something...

But deep down, I know him, and he really wouldn't have bought it anyway. I agree with the "if you can't buy it, you don't need it" idea. And piracy is a problem when it takes less than 2 or 3 minutes to log onto a torrent site and queue up the latest title. No effort. I agree that is a problem. Back in the day when warez sites were the end all, be all, piracy was less of an issue. Now, it's no effort. And I agree that that /is/ a problem, because it breeds a mentality that "I never have to pay for anything" amongst people.

But I still believe that not everybody WOULD have paid for it if they had the choice.

RE: Piracy
By HotFoot on 5/11/2010 2:24:48 PM , Rating: 2
Some things really are quite affordable. I try to keep inflation in mind when looking at the costs, but a music album has hardly ever been more affordable than today. The same goes for movies. It seems to me that the price has stayed the same over the last 10, maybe 15 years for these items. Meanwhile, at least in my area, groceries, fuel, utilities, and housing have each at least doubled or more.

When I think of a movie or music, the bigger part of the cost in my mind is my own time. If something is worth watching for 2 hours every now and again, then it's easily worth the $20 or so.

One thing, though, is I think it's a hard argument to come down on the general population and convince them taking things and not paying for it is so morally objectionable when there is so much corruption in society's leadership. I don't steal on a matter of principle, but how can you say to everyone they should have those principles when we see already fabulously wealthy and powerful people ripping off the population at large?

This fight isn't going to be won by technology. It's a cultural problem. One of the things that's allowed our culture to shine over the last several generations is a strong fight against corruption.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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