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Nintendo Sues Hackyourconsole.com Over Piracy

Piracy is certainly a concern for both console makers and game developers. Microsoft’s failed attempt at implementing hardware-level DRM into the upcoming Xbox One is proof enough of that. However, while other console makers have battle piracy mainly through software, …

Over Half of Computer Users Commit Software Piracy Over Half of Computer Users Commit Software Piracy

It was recently reported that an RIAA lawsuit against LimeWire, seeking $72 trillion in damages, was shot down. A new study has revealed that more than half of all computer users had committed some form of content piracy, which leads …

U.S. Has Lowest Software Piracy Rate
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The rate of global software piracy rose to 43 percent in 2009, a two percent increase from 2008 driven primarily by expanding PC sales in emerging markets, according to the seventh annual Business Software Alliance/IDC Global Software Piracy Study.

"Software theft exceeded $51 billion in commercial value in 2009. The public and private sectors need to join forces to more effectively combat an epidemic that stifles innovation and impairs economies on a global scale," said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman.

Global Software Piracy Rises
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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.

Internet Pirate Gets 51 Months

The leader of one of the oldest and well-known Internet software piracy groups was sentenced today to 51 months in prison.