Global Software Piracy Rises

Highest dollar losses in U.S.

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The global PC software piracy rate increased in 2008, accounting for 41 percent of all PC software installed, with losses to companies reaching $53 billion, according to a new study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

This compares to a legitimate PC software market of $88 billion in 2008, and a personal computer market of $244 billion.

The United States has the lowest PC software piracy rate in the world at 20 percent, but it has the highest dollar losses from piracy, $9.1 billion, because it is the world’s largest software market.

Robert Holleyman

"We are continuing to make progress against PC software piracy in many countries, which helps people working in the US-led global software industry. That’s the good news," said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman.

"The bad news is that PC software piracy remains so prevalent in the United States and all over the world," Holleyman added.  "It undermines local IT service firms, gives illegal software users an unfair advantage in business, and spreads security risks. We should not and cannot tolerate a $9 billion hit on the software industry at a time of economic stress."

The lowest-piracy countries are the United Sates, Japan, New Zealand, and Luxembourg, all near 20 percent. The highest-piracy countries are Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia, and Zimbabwe, all over 90 percent.

"The proven ‘blueprint’ for reducing piracy is a combination of consumer education, strong intellectual property policies, effective law enforcement, and legalization programs by software companies and government agencies," Holleyman said. "The progress seen in so many nations is proof that this anti-piracy strategy works."

Global Software Piracy Rises
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    If companies didnt have monopolies like microsoft selling windows at 200$ a pop you wouldnt have these problems. Take a small business man with 8 computers he has to spend 1600$ just on the operating system.

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