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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: Correction...
By lightfoot on 5/11/2010 1:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you make the assumption that using software that does not belong to you is an inherent right? There are free alternatives to most software packages that do not involve piracy.

Why is stealing Microsoft Office so much more acceptable to you than using Open Office?

These people who need to save their money for food, don't need software. And they definitely don't need to steal it.


RE: Correction...
By HotFoot on 5/11/2010 2:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
I use Open Office at home - same goes for GIMP. For amateur home use I see no reason in paying for that sort of software when some people are generous enough to share their work with the community.

So how am I counted in the statistics? I mean, they don't actually count how many times something is illegally downloaded (they might for small samples and then extrapolate). Maybe I buy less software than they think I should, so they just assume I'm stealing. Take for instance that I've had several Linux boxes at home. Does MS look at the number of x86 CPUs sold and say for each one there should have been a sale of Windows - and if not, then someone obviously pirated the OS?

I don't believe the numbers. I'm in no way arguing in favour of piracy. I do think we have a serious problem of conflict of interest in a lot of studies and reports coming out and people really need to follow the money. That goes for so many fields and discussions we've had in these forums.


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