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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The commercial value of pirated software increased 14 percent last year to nearly $59 billion, with emerging economies accounting for over half the total, according to a study published Thursday.

Businesses and consumers around the world bought $95 billion worth of legal personal computer (PC) software in 2010, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), but they installed another $58.8 billion in pirated software.

"This means that for every dollar spent on legitimate software in 2010, an additional 63 cents worth of unlicensed software also made its way into the market," the BSA said.

At $31.9 billion, emerging economies accounted for over half the commercial value of pirated software last year, the BSA said in its eighth Global Software Piracy Study.

While PC shipments to emerging economies accounted for half the world's total last year, the value of paid software licenses in those economies accounted for less than 20 percent of the world total, the study said.

While the value of pirated software rose, the global piracy rate for PC software dropped by a single percentage point in 2010 to 42 percent, the study found.

Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America had the world's highest piracy rate, with 64 percent of PC software pirated, while North America had the lowest, with 21 percent, the study found.
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Oh noes! What will all the C.E.O.s and board of directors do without their 7th private home and fuel for their private jets!
post #3 of 27
How do they come up with these numbers?

Close their eyes and throw a dart at a board?
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How do they get their numbers? I am very skeptical of their claims.
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Where do they get these numbers? There is no way you can actually calculate it, there simply is too many places that it can come from to be anywhere near legit numbers. Who is the source anyway?
post #6 of 27
This is a misleading statistic. Pirated software/movies/music is not lost sales, but I suppose it's an interesting statistic none the less. Actually I would have estimated the value MUCH higher if I had to guess.

If civilian china, some of eastern europe, and other low income populations had to pay $100 for windows, $500 for photoshop, or $100 for MS-Office, they'd turn to open source alternatives. Not out of preference, but out of necessity. This would in turn massively boost the open source community, and then 1st world citizens might even consider them.


"As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade."

-Bill Gates
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I want a job making up random statistics. I think I could be rather good at it.

Maybe they're getting these numbers from the amount of people that accidentally download the wrong update for their pirated software. Updates that tell pirates that their copy isn't legit. Maybe these updates send data back?

They did mention that part of their numbers are from PC users surveyed in emerging markets. So there is where some of their numbers come from.
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post #8 of 27
Heres the important part for people not bothering to read:

While the value of pirated software rose, the global piracy rate for PC software dropped by a single percentage point in 2010 to 42 percent, the study found.

Aka: overpriced crap got more overpriced, and piracy is on the DECLINE.
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Meh, why pirate anymore when almost everything has an open source alternative? I only buy games now for the most part.
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open office is straight beastin
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