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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: Bullcrap...
By SunAngel on 5/11/2010 1:05:39 PM , Rating: -1
That's not what he is saying. I interpret it as meaning "F**k you and your family. I gives a sh*t about whether your daughter goes to state college or MIT. I'll take your hard work, piss all over it and then sell it to Eddie. And if Eddie doesn't want it, well f**k Eddie too." In his mind, there is no difference between stealing and the so-called harmless trying-before-buying-f**k-it-have-it-now-so-I-won't -buy-it theorem.

RE: Bullcrap...
By MindParadox on 5/11/2010 3:13:33 PM , Rating: 2
actually, he could do just exactly what i do, which is actually TRY it before ya buy it. i dont play games on the playstation 3 or wii as much because you cant try the games(in the PS3's case you can, but only a VERY limited select few) before you buy them, however, on the xbox360 and PC, i can either download a trial from Xbox Live(on the 360) or a copy from a torrent(on the pc, usually there are trial versions on the net as well for most games and software) and if i like it, i buy it. yes, this makes me VERY picky about what i buy, however, i dont keep a pirated copy of anything for more than a week, long enough to test it and see.

Gaming has gotten alot better in this regard with Gamefly, 10 bucks a month and you can rent a copy to play legally and if ya like it, tell em ya wanna keep it, it shows up on yer next bill and they send you the box and manual.

Netflix WAS a good way to check out new movies on the cheap, altho Redbox is becoming my favorite way to see if i wanna pay 15 bucks to keep a movie, due to netflix basically saying "New Movies arent a draw"

the try before you buy mentality isnt a "f**k you and your family, and your hard work" attitude, its a "I want to see if your work is worth my money" attitude

sadly, 90% of the software i use on my PC is freeware, because its as good if not better in some cases than paid versions of the same stuff

enjoy your "everything is black and white, you must pay me because i did something or its stealing, even if you dont want it" mentality, it just doesnt fly in reality

RE: Bullcrap...
By dark matter on 5/11/2010 3:42:33 PM , Rating: 4
This is true, you wouldn't buy aftershave before you had a sample. You wouldn't buy a car before you took it for a test drive. You wouldn't rent a house/apartment without looking round it first. Why, when it comes to digital media, you don't get that chance?

RE: Bullcrap...
By FaceMaster on 5/11/2010 10:57:29 PM , Rating: 3
..because it's the whole thing.

RE: Bullcrap...
By CrazyBernie on 5/12/2010 12:31:15 AM , Rating: 3
You don't test drive part of a car.. or sample half the ingredients of the aftershave, or just look at parts of a house before you make a purchase.

RE: Bullcrap...
By FaceMaster on 5/12/2010 8:54:15 AM , Rating: 2
You don't test-drive the car for a year, or live in the house for your lifetime before buying it, either.

You have game demos and trials if you want to test out software. Unlike a car, or a house, which is a long term investment, a typical song or game can lose its interest and use after a day or so. There is no incentive to buying a product if you've already seen all it has to offer. Apart from with a product like photoshop... and we all know how rampant piracy is for THAT.

Honestly, comparing a song to a car is just stupid. I'm sure you knew that when you posted the analogy.

RE: Bullcrap...
By Fracture on 5/12/2010 11:59:53 AM , Rating: 1

It is impossible. To steal something means to deprive the use of it from someone else. When someone makes a copy, they do not deprive the original from its owner.


Basic economics comes into play. If supply of music goes to infinity, price will go to zero. How do you estimate that $50.1B is lost from music with a price of zero?

Sharing music through peer-to-peer networks and torrents has done more for the music industry than the organisations running it ever have. Whether you call it sharing or pirating, the dissemination of music has raised interest in little-known artists, in live concerts, in merchandise and all sorts of other finite goods.

If you believe that it IS possible to pirate music, then the MPAA/RIAA has succeeded in brainwashing you. This is not the same as copying someone else's works and claiming them as your own. This is not taking credit for the creation or performance of those works.

RE: Bullcrap...
By lightfoot on 5/12/2010 3:18:46 PM , Rating: 3
By your own definition, piracy is theft.
By taking intellectual property that does not belong to you without permission or compensation to the legitimate owner you are depriving that owner of the revenue that they are entitled to.

It is a financial crime, not a property crime - this is true. However it is still theft.

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