Survey Reveals That More Than Half of PC Users are Pirates

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
    So, basically, americans are paying too much for their software.
  • contrasia
    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.
  • HEXiT
    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.