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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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Piracy can be good for companies
By jmsstl on 5/12/2010 9:42:52 AM , Rating: 2
And how much do software companies and such gain with piracy?

Sometime ago I installed in a small company Open Office. A few days after, they had to buy Office 2003, because people didn't know how to work with OO. It was "different", nothing about missing features here. Just that everyone has a pirated copy at home, that they wouldn't buy. But it's free and they prefer it to OO, so they only know how to use it.

Microsoft knew this a long time ago, and this is why windows/office is so easy to pirate. They want you to have it, whatever the way, so they can keep the installed base.

Music/video is the same. Would you buy a 64GB iPod if you had to pay all the music to fill it? Would you spend 5k$ in a home theather to watch 1 or 2 blu-ray movies once in a while?

Piracy helps and creates critical mass for a lot of things. If it didn't exist, Linux would have a much, much higher penetration, as would Open Office, and DRM would never been a issue because open standards would win easily.




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