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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: 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.


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