World’s Software Pirates $59 Billion Heist
According to the report by BSA on Global Software Piracy Study, the commercial value of PC software theft has jumped 14% worldwide in 2010 to $59 billion. Which means tens and thousands of computers using unlicensed software in homes business.
BSA commissioned Ipsos Public Affairs to survey roughly 15,000 PC users in 32 countries. Ipsos conducted between 400 and 500 interviews per country, in person and online.
Facts given by BSA:
- Nearly half of the world’s computer users (47 percent) acquire their software by illegal means most or all of the time, even though more than seven in 10 (71 percent) profess support for intellectual property rights and protections.
- In developing countries, the figures are even higher. In China, for example, 86 percent of PC users are regular software pirates. In Nigeria, it is 81 percent. In Vietnam, it is 76 percent.
- Business decision-makers are just as likely to be pirates as other PC users, which is troubling because enterprise settings account for a disproportionate share of the dollar value of global software piracy.
- Many of the world’s software pirates may not even realize they are breaking the law and betraying their own principles, which underscores the importance of concerted public-education and enforcement campaigns
The survey makes it clear that piracy is spreading fast in china, where 86 percent of computer users in China who are regular software pirates accounted for approximately 206 million PCs last year. It i surprising that half of the regular PC users int the world are using pirated software. Likely the piracy of software’s are going to escalate in the future if precautions are not taken.