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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 tedrodai on 5/11/2010 4:00:59 PM , Rating: 2
It all boils down to cost (of course), perceived value, and ease of perpetration. I suppose there's even a few (mostly children, I would assume--but wouldn't gamble on lol) who don't realize it's wrong.

Some people will pirate just because they can, of course--it's a heck of a lot easier to do than stealing $4,000 worth of hardware.

Some people pirate because they're used to it ("it isn't really hurting anyone, and it definitely benefits me").

Some people pirate because they don't feel a product is worth the cost.

Some people pirate because they want to try it.

There's many other 'reasons', and they're not mutually exclusive.

RE: Bullcrap...
By jonmcc33 on 5/11/2010 5:00:14 PM , Rating: 2
Some people pirate because they want to try it.

I can see that reason without a doubt. I sure wouldn't have purchased Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising if I had been able to pirate it first. Very short single player and no multiplayer at all due to lack of dedicated server support.

RE: Bullcrap...
By Blessedman on 5/11/2010 5:49:15 PM , Rating: 2
I am not spending $4,000 to play around with 3D rendering software. I enjoy messing with the stuff and I use it, but not professionally. I don't make money from the software, so therefore I am not going to buy it. I will pirate it, I was never going to buy it, so therefore they didn't lose a dime. Now if I became good at it and actually got a job using that software, I would buy it in a heartbeat (which again benefits the company by letting me use a pirated copy until I get good enough at it). I buy all my OS software and I bought office (even though I don't make money from it directly I do use it for my resume and other office duties I do at home). I think windows is the cheapest software out there (as far as price goes) for everything you get with it. Microsoft gets the idea of try before you buy and that is why they have 99% of all their software as trials first. Look what it does for them, they make out like bandits! The enormous trial run they had with win7 and look at the rewards they are reaping.

The whole idea of these companies complaining about profits they are losing due to piracy is another way of writing off a loses that don't actually exist. The MPAA and the RIAA both use this same method to make more money by not having to pay more to the government. It's all a scam!!

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