Pirated software are used by more than half of the computer users globally


More than half of the world’s computers use pirated software as reported by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in the BSA Global Software Piracy Study.

BSA has reported that about 57% of computer users are using pirated software worthy $63.4 billion in 2011. This commercial value of the software is more than the 2010’s value, when the value was about $58.8 billion.

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[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]“If 57 percent of consumers admitted they shoplift, authorities would react by increasing police patrols and penalties. Software piracy demands a similarly forceful response — concerted public education and vigorous law enforcement,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman.

According to the report, the piracy is more in the developing markets as compare to the developed countries i.e. 68% to 24% on average. It has been thought that the increased shipment of the PCs and about four times more pirated software installation per new PC by the users cause the increase in the cost of software over the previous year.

Most of the young and male software users get the pirated copies making more than double the users from the emerging markets than the developed nations i.e. 38% to 15%.

“IP theft is a global economic drain, stifling not only IT innovation, but job creation across all sectors of the economy,” said BSA Senior Vice President of Anti-Piracy Jodie Kelley. “Governments, especially in emerging markets where most of the theft is taking place, must take steps to modernize their IP laws and expand enforcement efforts to ensure that those who pirate software face real consequences.”


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