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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 bigdawg1988 on 5/11/2010 7:31:50 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and I fail to understand why any artist would sign a long term contract with a record label. It makes much more sense to sign a 3-4 record deal, then publish themselves once they are established

Because the record companies and publishers don't want them to. They want to enslave artists so they block them out of the market if they don't play by their rules. Why do you think there are so many flavor of the month artists? The record companies sign them for a small sum, market the hell outta them, make their money, and then boot their asses once the original contract runs out. That's why the ones with little talent are all over the place and can't even support themselves by touring after their 15 minutes are up. Artists don't make enough money or have enough clout to publish themselves, except a very few older ones like Led Zeppelin or Prince (and it took him a long time). Record companies and distributors control publicity and the air waves so if you don't play you have no chance. They've divided and conquered which is why you get a lot of the same crap all over the air waves. There are a lot of talented artists out there, you just won't hear about them.
Sort of why I'm not that much against music piracy, although I don't do it myself. Bump the big record companies! They've screwed up the industry almost from the beginning.

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