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.
new report has been issued that claims the global loss to software
piracy is over $50 billion.
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
that the 59% number means that 900 million computers in the area run
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
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.
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.