Business Software Alliance: Software piracy on the rise

By on May 12, 2009, 10:30 AM
According to a study performed by IDC for the Business Software Alliance, global software piracy is increasing. The study shows that in 2008, 41% of all PC software installed was pirated, resulting in an purported loss of $53 billion to companies. This compares to the 2007 figures, showing 38% of software having been stolen. All the while, global sales of PC software rose by 14% last year to $88 billion.

Surprisingly, piracy in the United States only accounts for about 20% of the total market, the least worldwide, according to CEO of the BSA, Robert Holleyman. Despite that fact, he says, the US has the highest single dollar loss. The bulk of the theft is attributed to small businesses, where they might run 50 PCs and only pay for the rights to install software on 25 of those systems. Other countries in the lower percentile include Japan at 21%, New Zealand at 22% and Australia at 26%.

A few of the countries that saw declines in piracy includes China, who went from 90% in 2004 to 80% last year, and Russia who dropped a total of 5% last year, to 68%. The improvement in China is collectively because the government decided to use legitimate software and ISPs have cooperated in combating piracy. Countries with piracy rates of 90% or higher include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Georgia, Moldova, Sri Landa and Zimbabwe.




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swilllx2p said:
I'd like to point out that the amount of money lost to companies is extremely high compared to what actually is imo. Taking into account that a large percentage of the software pirated probably would have never been purchased if they couldn't of pirated it anyways, not that it makes it ok of course.
TomSEA said:
Those figures are insane - especially for Russia and China. I don't begrudge software developers one iota for trying to protect their sales by using various copy protection tools.Now they just need to find one that really works and isn't overly intrusive on your system (Steam anyone?).
coldFuSion said:
[b]Originally posted by swilllx2p:[/b][quote]I'd like to point out that the amount of money lost to companies is extremely high compared to what actually is imo. Taking into account that a large percentage of the software pirated probably would have never been purchased if they couldn't of pirated it anyways, not that it makes it ok of course.[/quote]I'm glad the first posted comment was the one that hits the nail squarely on the head
Badfinger said:
Those losses are so bogus, 75%+ of those would probably go without, they pirate because the cost to be legit is too high, have you priced business software? It can be VERY expensive and many small businesses can't afford it, but yes, they should just do without or figure out alternatives. (start with Linux)
PanicX said:
Sounds like a lot of hot air to me. There's no link to the reported study. No mention of the methodologies used to determine the statistics. No identification of the size of the scope surveyed...Just a propaganda report to help the BSA justify their bottom line.
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