1709 Blog: for all the copyright community

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

BSA piracy study highlights emerging economies

The Business Software Alliance yesterday released the annual BSA-IDC Global Software Piracy Study, found here. The key findings of this study are:
  • Piracy down in many nations: The rate of personal computer (PC) software piracy dropped in 2008 in about half (57) of the 110 countries studied, remained the same in about a third (36), and rose in just 16.

  • Piracy up on a global basis: However, the worldwide PC software piracy rate rose for the second year in a row, from 38 percent to 41 percent, largely because PC shipments grew fastest in high-piracy countries such as China and India.

  • Dollar losses up: The retail value of unlicensed software — representing revenue “losses” to software companies — broke the $50 billion level for the first time in 2008. Worldwide losses grew by 11 percent to $53 billion. Excluding the effect of exchange rates, losses grew by 5 percent to $50.2 billion.

For those searching for where X marks the spot, emerging economies are the place to start.

No comments: