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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 sleepeeg3 on 5/11/2010 11:06:57 PM , Rating: 1
Stop pirating and they will have money to stop making crap. What is the point in investing millions in a product if people are going to steal it? Quit making excuses for yourself.

$50B is obviously inflated, but piracy is an issue, based on the open admissions on forums.

...and Dailytech writer - proofread your article. You meant millions - not billions.


RE: Bullcrap...
By sleepeeg3 on 5/11/2010 11:08:37 PM , Rating: 2
*facepalm*

I meant "billions - not millions." :P


RE: Bullcrap...
By Kurz on 5/12/2010 9:28:15 AM , Rating: 2
Who is to say that they'll stop making crap if I spent money on an uninformed decision.

I buy games all the time though I love to try out the games first usually.


RE: Bullcrap...
By Dradien on 5/12/2010 11:54:29 AM , Rating: 1
Avatar-The HIGHEST grossing movie of ALL time. As well as the most pirated movie of all time.

Some people hate it, some love it, but saying when you pirate something, you kill the devs ability to make a good product, which just isn't true.

How many of you have bought game packs on steam and have yet to play a couple of the games?

I also sometimes try before I buy...as in downloading shit. I have downloaded, then bought, Need for Speed 1-Underground 2. UT, UT 2k3, UT 2k4, as well as windows 7. Why? Because it's software I enjoyed so much, I felt guilty as hell not actually paying for it.

I just purchased Just Cause 2 and Battle Field: Bad company 2 because those were quality titles I felt the Devs deserved my money. There have been a whole crap load of games I've acquired and deleted soon after.

I believe, with some exceptions (There are ALWAYS exception), that if you release a quality product, people WILL buy it. Putting out the same sports titles, year after year...thats's bullshit.


RE: Bullcrap...
By xthetenth on 5/12/2010 3:26:19 PM , Rating: 2
Hell no, if you buy crap, you create demand for crap, encouraging the supply of other crap. If you buy good things, you encourage the production of good things. Stop furthering the image of the consumer as a gullible idiot, some of us have discerning taste. It is getting to be damn hard for me to tell what is quality when demos are single levels of old builds that may or may not strongly resemble the actual game. Oh well, I don't have any interest in pirating stuff, I just don't buy things that might be crap. If demos were more representative, I would likely buy more things, but if they can't be bothered to show what their product is, I can't be bothered to buy it.


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