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Software Piracy – Global Growth

The number of pirated software is on the rise and currently accounts for more than a third of the software installed on the world's computers, and the revenue of $ 28 billion (£ 12 billion) lost last year for the software industry. This is a shocking demand from Business Software Alliance in the UK. An annual survey of global software piracy shows that around 36% of software applications were illegally deployed and used in 2003.

The study, conducted for the first time on behalf of the BSA by the global technology research company International Data Corporation, includes major software market segments, including operating systems and consumer software, as well as local market software. It was recognized that while the $ 81 billion ($ 38 billion) software was installed on computers worldwide, they only purchased $ 51 billion ($ 23 billion) legally and installed them.

The United States and Canada, which together are the most suitable for software acquisition, have a 23% software piracy rate, while the worst offenders are in Eastern European countries where the level of piracy is incredible 71%. It is difficult to compare data from previous years, as it is the first year that the study comes from an independent company and uses a wider range of software than previous studies by BSA. In addition to calculating the number of illegally produced software installed in the system, the study also includes software for which you have purchased a limited number of licenses.

"Software piracy remains a major challenge for world economies," said Robert Holleyman, BSA's CEO. "From Algeria to New Zealand, to Canada to China, piracy deprives municipalities of tax revenue, costs and costs through the technology supply chain in the local, national software industry."

Mr. Holleyman also said that the IDC study reflects a logical development in the BSA's decade-long effort to measure piracy in the global economy. Its scope has been extended to take more account of trends such as the growth of local software markets worldwide and to accelerate Internet piracy.

For the analysis, IDC made use of worldwide data on software and hardware shipments, conducted over 5,600 interviews in 15 countries, and used in-country analyzes worldwide to assess local market conditions. IDC has identified piracy rates and dollar losses using industry-specific computer, software, and licensing models for industry vendors in 86 countries.

The study found that the size of the regional software market is a critical relationship between the extent of piracy and the dollar actually lost. For example, 91 percent of software installed in Ukraine in 2003 was pirate, compared to 30 percent in the UK, but in the UK, dollar losses ($ 1.6bn) were about 17 times higher than for Ukrainians ($ 92.1m dollar). . This difference in the UK is attributable to a much larger PC software market than in Ukraine. "Many factors contribute to regional differences in piracy, including the size of the local market, the availability of pirated software, the strength of copyright laws, and cultural differences in intellectual property rights," said John Gantz, Director General of Research, IDC Officer. "Unfortunately, we have found that high market growth regions are high-piracy regions, such as China, India and Russia.

"Protecting strong intellectual property and respecting copyrighted works is a world that needs to be done," Holleyman said. "BSA will continue to work with governments to implement policies to protect software intellectual property rights and to implement business and consumer awareness programs on the importance of copyright protection for creative work. creating jobs and promoting future innovation. "

Countries with the highest rates of piracy:

  • Vietnam 92%
  • China 92%
  • Ukraine 91%
  • Indonesia 88%
  • Zimbabwe 87%
  • Zimbabwe 87%
  • Zimbabwe 87 % [19659012] Russia 87%
  • Algeria 84%
  • Nigeria 84%
  • Pakistan 83%
  • Paraguay 83%

Countries with Low Piracy

  • United States 22 %
  • New Zealand 23%
  • Denmark 26%
  • Sweden 2 7%
  • Austria 27%
  • United Kingdom 29%
  • Japan 29%
  • Belgium 29%
  • Germany 30%
  • Germany 30%
  • Switzerland 31%


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