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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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Pirates are morons
By fatedtodie on 5/12/2010 6:28:18 AM , Rating: 2
If you steal a candy bar from a 7-11, even if it is a horrible tasting candy bar that probably would have stayed on the shelf until it past its expiration date, and then was finally thrown out or returned, does that mean it was not a crime?

(Just an FYI, the answer is no, it is still a crime)

So how come when it is in a digital world people go and ignore reality? It doesn't matter if "the pirates would never have paid for it anyway". The product, worth X dollars, is not paid for. It is now on a computer a pirate owns. It is now a stolen item. That stolen item STILL has the value of X dollars, it didn't go to X-1 or X*0 just because he would never have purchased it. It stays at X dollars.

So if there are 9 people with say only 1 piece of software they stole on their computer, and the average piece of software stolen was about 10 bucks, it is simple math to figure how much these pirates took from the software industry.

People on this site berate Apple "fanbois" and Microsoft fanboys, and droid fanboys, etc. Yet they seem to leave the "distortion field" active for pirates. Theft is theft. The value of an item doesn't magically disappear because you hate DRM, or because you "just want to try it" or just because you are a moron.

Piracy costs the world lots of money, and it invades the lives of people that do not want to steal. I purchased ALL of my music/movies/games/etc. I do not find it required to steal.

If piracy laws were truely enforced vigorously and to the full extent of the law I would be happy.


RE: Pirates are morons
By camylarde on 5/12/2010 8:08:37 AM , Rating: 2
sorry, but still there is the problem that everybody feels safe doing it. In market, stealing that lollipop still may mean that the pakistani shop owner will pull a gun at you. Stealing the newest photoshop will most probably mean no harm towards the pirate.

Now, if the software piracy was at least at the security level with common stealing, I mean, not so completely safe, many people would refrain from it.

But they would not go and buy the thing in 99.9% of times either.

The number 50B may be and that is a huge MAYBE (printed in capital letters over a white sheet of the size of a football field) close to the gross lost money due to piracy. But the real loss is completely different number equal to the hypothetical IF-piracy-was-impossible-how-much-would-the-sales-g o-up figure. And that real loss money is significantly lower, in my opinion.

the gross number is in my head equal to ranting about secondhand sales of cars and the manufacturer getting nothing out of these sales.

Laughable, and meaningless number.

RE: Pirates are morons
By nafhan on 5/12/2010 12:36:01 PM , Rating: 2
"Piracy" is not stealing. It's copyright infringement. No one actually loses anything directly by copyright infringement. What they're losing is a possibility that someone may have bought their data if a free alternative was not available. This is certainly not a guarantee of sale, and incredibly difficult to measure in monetary terms.
If 9 people pirate a $10 piece of software, that means that the software company lost nothing. However in the absence of piracy, it's possible that the people would have not used the software at all (company makes $0) or they may have all purchased it ($90). In other words, there is likely some lost revenue due to piracy, but piracy generally cannot be correlated with lost revenue.
The reason people on this site come across as piracy "fanbois" is because the companies trying to discourage piracy generally use ridiculously inflated metrics to "prove" their points, and techy people like to shoot holes in faulty logic :)

RE: Pirates are morons
By Fracture on 5/12/2010 3:23:26 PM , Rating: 2
Or we like to stand on principled reasoning that piracy is not stealing the same way that photocopying a book is not stealing.

Pirating music vs software are two different things: one for the sole purpose of entertainment, the other a tool for productivity. Piracy does indeed hurt the software developers, but perhaps that can be resolved with a better business model. Take IBM for instance, who earns a hefty sum for their tech support.
Remember, the likelihood to buy is strongly influenced by price - an 80% reduction can lead to 2000% increased sales.

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