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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 lightfoot on 5/11/2010 3:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that DRM is not the answer to piracy. However ignoring piracy is not the answer either.

The biggest problem with piracy is in countries that have weak IP laws. The choice to the consumer needs to be to either pay for the legitimate product or not to.

Using a product but not paying for it is not an acceptable solution - and it never will be.

RE: Bullcrap...
By Motoman on 5/11/2010 9:25:53 PM , Rating: 1
...and when the consumer is punished by DRM for legally purchasing said product?

First of all, I can't condone piracy. The best option is to do without.

But looking at DRM, if you wanted to watch Avatar on your home theater system and had 2 choices:

1. Get a pirated copy off the internet for free that has no bugs, glitches, or problems of any kind


2. Buy a legitimate retail copy that won't work on your BD player, so you try to do a firmware upgrade, and then that bricks your BD player, and the BD won't play on your computer either until you patch your install of PowerDVD and then it plays more or less OK with the occasional pixelation or something.

...are you overly inclined to spend $25 for the privelege of having your BD player bricked and then dick with your PC for a couple hours before finally getting to watch Avatar on your PC monitor? Or is piracy looking more like a good idea, since it won't cause you personally any problems at all?

DRM is sheer stupidity mated with pure evil. It is far and away the #1 technology in the world that *should* be illegal.

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