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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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By callmeroy on 5/12/2010 9:19:14 AM , Rating: 2
The great debate on software/music that has as varying opinions and stokes passions in folks on par with religion, politics and abortion...

Here's my take....nearly everyone commits piracy at one point or another in their lives....Its like speed limits...we know we "shouldn't" break them...yet everyone does at least time to time.

The "well if they didn't make crap" argument is the number one reason given for why people also holds no water and its a very stupid defense. As if you carry that logic and apply it to other areas of life...who's the judge then whether to pay or not pay something? Ever lived in an apartment that doesn't really make you that happy but you need a place to live so you put up with it? Do you tell your landlord "Well this place is a crap hole I'm not paying you anymore."...that's stupid...

I agree that prices are crazy, but hey buyer beware...

Now the weird thing is I think the real problem is when you keep something and don't pay for it....if someone "pirates" software but then they BUY it...I have no problem with that.

I do think its pretty "loserly" so to speak to pirate software and then you just never pay for it under the premise its not worth it...

Well then if its not worth to pay for it -- why are you keeping it? I thought you said it was junk? ;>

By wempa on 5/12/2010 1:06:09 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with a lot of what you say. Regardless of all that, these numbers they use are still MEANINGLESS. First off, how do you calculate this ? Do you ask people via a survey or do you track downloads ? Either method obviously has flaws. Not to mention, I had frieds who would download just about every game that was available but would rarely even get around to even playing most of them. They would have huge hard drives loaded up with games/programs that they never used and would eventually just delete. So, how do you count those ? The problem that I have with articles like this is that they use these ridiculously inflated numbers to justify other things like DRM.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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