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Survey Reveals That More Than Half of PC Users are Pirates

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The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has found that 57 percent of the world's PC users freely admit that they are stealing software. Well, sort of.

That number is, of course, the average number of a global survey with national averages that vary greatly by region.

According to the BSA, developing countries have far greater piracy rates than developed nations. For example, the piracy rate in the U.S. is just 19 percent, Germany 26 percent and Australia 23 percent. In contrast, India revealed a piracy rate of 63 percent, China 77 percent, and Kenya 78 percent.

The commercial value of the software pirated in the U.S., however, is $9.8 billion and exceeds all other countries. China's staggering piracy rate result in a commercial pirated software value of $8.9 billion.

The aggregate value of pirated software that was in use in 2011 is estimated at $63.4 billion, up from $58.8 billion in 2010.

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    eiskrystal , 24 May 2012 20:18
    So, basically, americans are paying too much for their software.
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    contrasia , 24 May 2012 21:13
    The stat isn't all that helpful, since it's a % of PC owners we're talking about, without any statistics to say how many in numbers the %'s are taken from for each country. You could have a far smaller number of PC Owners in Kenya for instance, thus gaining a far larger % because there's far less ppl to build your numbers with. Since we've got nothing solid to begin with the %'s could mean anything. The only thing we have solid is the value of the software, but even then that could mean 10 million US ppl pirated a small collection of music, whilst a few thousand in another country pirated hundreds of thousands in software alone for each person. The number of actual people we're talking about makes a huge difference for both value lost and % of people pirating, yet they've left those out.

    Trying to mislead people and blow their stats out of proportion? Wouldn't surprise me with antipiracy groups, it's all they ever do.
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    HEXiT , 24 May 2012 21:42
    only 50% who are they kidding. i would say its close to 90% or more... we all download music, videos, games and apps. some free others not so much... yes piracy is a problem but so is overcharging for something you have already bought but want to use on a different platform. this is where piracy has its deepest roots. after all if you pay £15 for a music cd, why shouldn't you be able to use that same cd on your ipod... well you can if you pay another £15 or if your of a mind you can use some software and convert it over for free... pc pirates get the most press but the reality is the most pirated software recently was angry birds on the tablets and mobiles... so yeah there misleading and yeah its probably some anti piracy group trying to earn its crust by posting bogus figures.
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    Pailin , 24 May 2012 23:53
    The Real pirated software figure still Really comes down to :-

    What % of people pirate software they would for Sure buy if they could not pirate it

    ANY other numbers are irrelevant
    --- except to give the RIAA etc etc a Huge number to play with as an excuse to sue their own grandmothers

    Even then the number of people pirateing things like 3D Studio Max (and other high end Expensive software)... playing + gaining experience and a portfolio Then later get careas based on their free leg up and actually buy those softwares

    Without piracy such companies would loose out on a Lot of sales in the long run I believe
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    frish , 25 May 2012 02:03
    HEXiTonly 50% who are they kidding. i would say its close to 90% or more...

    What about very young kids, the elderly and technophobes?
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    contrasia , 26 May 2012 18:52
    They've all pirated. It's been going on since the dawn of the cassette, which records off the Radio, or the VHS/Betamax off the TV. It was done without even thinking, and it became a part of everyday living. Nobody even thought twice about lending out a video of some film they recorded off the TV, or audio tapes of something off the Radio.

    As for very young kids, I don't think they count as PC owners. The ones old enough to have their own PC, are most likely the same ones who are quite capable of downloading music, and probably already has.
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    guanyu210379 , 30 May 2012 19:43
    Make the softwares cheaper.
    People in developing countries go for piracy because of a simple reason: Most of them can not afford to buy it the legal way.
    To fight piracy means to do something so that people can afford the softwares.

    This explains also the reason why the piracy rate in industrial nations such as Germany, USA, etc. a lot lower than those in developing countries such as India, China, etc. The people are capable of buying the software.

    Tell me if you are choose to buy a USD100 legit Windows copy over other more important things if you earn only USD80 a month.
    You have even used half of your lifetime saving to buy yourself a computer with such salary.

    My parents saved lots of money to buy me a computer (15-20 years ago) so that I can learn to use them during school+college and hoping that I can get a better job. At that time, my dad (he has not even finished highschool) earned only USD90 each month. The PC itself had cost about USD500 (more than 5 time of his salary). I do not know how log he has been saving money for this.
    Now after finishing college and even master degree, I have a good job and am capable of buying legit products, thus stop using pirated products.

    You can not judge piracy issues with only one eyes opened. See it deeper!
    Not all are using pirated products because they simply do not want to spend money on the softwares, sometime, they simply can not afford them.