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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 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.

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