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    OT: piracy study results

    First Annual Business Software Alliance and IDC Global Software Piracy Study At-a-Glance:

    2003 Worldwide Software Piracy Figures

    Total software installed on computers: $80 billion

    Total software paid for: $51 billion

    Total packaged software loss: $29 billion

    Global piracy rate: 36%

    top 10 countries (low and high)

    Vietnam 92% United States 22%

    China 92% New Zealand 23%

    Ukraine 91% Denmark 26%

    Indonesia 88% Sweden 27%

    Zimbabwe 87% Austria 27%

    Russia 87% United Kingdom 29%

    Algeria 84% Japan 29%

    Nigeria 84% Belgium 29%

    Pakistan 83% Germany 30%

    Paraguay 83% Switzerland 31%

    Best regards,
    Michiel Post

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    Re: OT: piracy study results

    Where does these figures comes from and how have the survey been done?

    Arf, arf, arf...

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    Re: OT: piracy study results

    Howd they figure out whos got what installed?

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    Apparently 29% of statistics are made up.

    Interesting results though. Would be even more interesting if there was information on how these figures were put together.


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    Re: OT: piracy study results

    Quote Originally Posted by Worra
    Where does these figures comes from and how have the survey been done?
    Best regards,
    Michiel Post

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    Re: OT: piracy study results

    Washington, D.C., (Wednesday, July 7) – Thirty-six percent of the software installed on computers worldwide was pirated in 2003, representing a loss of nearly $29 billion. These are the key findings of a global software piracy study released today by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the international association of the world’s leading software manufacturers.
    Conducted for the first time by global technology research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), this year’s BSA global piracy study incorporated major software market segments including operating systems, consumer software and local market software. In previous years, the study was limited to business software applications.
    The inclusion of these new categories paints a broader, more accurate picture of the global software piracy problem based on IDC's extensive industry and market knowledge. The study found that while $80 billion in software was installed on computers worldwide last year, only $51 billion was legally purchased.
    “Software piracy continues to be a major challenge for economies worldwide,” said Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of BSA. “From Algeria to New Zealand, Canada to China, piracy deprives local governments of tax revenue, costs jobs throughout the technology supply chain and cripples the local, in-country software industry.”
    Holleyman said the IDC study reflects a logical evolution in BSA’s decade-long effort to measure piracy in the global economy. Its scope was expanded to account more accurately for trends such as the growth of local software markets worldwide and the acceleration of Internet piracy.
    For its analysis, IDC drew upon its worldwide data for software and hardware shipments, conducted more than 5,600 interviews in 15 countries, and used its in-country analysts around the globe to evaluate local market conditions. IDC identified the piracy rate and dollar losses by utilizing proprietary IDC models for PC, software and license shipments by all industry vendors in 86 countries.
    Among key findings:
    • The piracy rate in the Asia/Pacific region was 53 percent, with dollar losses totaling more than $7.5 billion.
    • In Eastern Europe, the piracy rate was 71 percent, with dollar losses at more than $2.1 billion.
    • In Western Europe, the rate was 36 percent, and dollar losses totaled $9.6 billion.
    • The average rate across Latin American countries was 63 percent, with losses totaling nearly $1.3 billion.
    • In the Middle Eastern and African countries, the rate was 56 percent on average, with losses totaling more than $1 billion.
    • In North America, the piracy rate was 23 percent. The losses totaled more than $7.2 billion.
    The study found that the size of a regional software market is the critical link between piracy rates and actual dollars lost. For instance, 91 percent of software installed in the Ukraine in 2003 was pirated, as compared to 30 percent in the U.K. But dollar losses in the U.K. ($1.6 billion) were about 17 times higher than those in the Ukraine ($92.1 million). This difference is attributed to a much larger total PC software market in the U.K. than in the Ukraine.

    “A number of factors contribute to the regional differences in piracy, including local-market size, the availability of pirated software, the strength of copyright laws, and cultural differences regarding intellectual property rights,” said John Gantz, Chief Research Officer at IDC. “Unfortunately, we found that high market growth regions also tend to be high piracy regions, such as China, India and Russia. If the piracy rate in emerging markets – where people are rapidly integrating computers into their lives and businesses – does not drop, the worldwide piracy rate will continue to increase.”

    “The fight for strong intellectual property protection and respect for copyrighted works spans the globe, and there is much work to be done,” Holleyman said. “BSA will continue to work with governments to enact policies to protect software intellectual property as well as implement programs to raise business and consumer awareness about the importance of copyright protection for creative works. Lowering the piracy rate will stimulate local economic activity, generate government revenue, create job growth and cultivate future innovation.”

    For more information on the Global Software Piracy Study, please visit: www.bsa.org/globalstudy/.
    Best regards,
    Michiel Post

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    Re: OT: piracy study results

    Quote Originally Posted by Worra
    Where does these figures comes from and how have the survey been done?
    They come from the Business Software Alliance so they're obviously totally unbiased and objective! lol

    First problem:

    • Total software installed on computers: $80 billion
    How on Earth would it be possible to find this out, when they are referring to a lot of pirated software, which people will by definition be secretive about talking about? So they probably guessed it.

    Second problem:

    • Total software paid for: $51 billion

    • Total packaged software loss: $29 billion
    This works on the presumption that EVERY SINGLE piece of software installed and not paid for WOULD have been paid for had it not been available illegally (ie, equals a lost sale to the manufacturers). This is patently absurd. Kids and amateurs installs cracks of all manner of things just out of curiosity, just because they can, which they would never buy in a million years if the crack wasn't available.

    Third problem:

    This "study" completely fails to take into account the number of people who first discover a program by using it illegally, then go on to buy a legal copy. This number is vast, and many of them wouldn't have bought the software otherwise - particularly if it is expensive, because they don't want the risk of it not doing exactly what they want.


    Load of rubbish.

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    Re: OT: piracy study results

    compare $29 billion to this:

    Best regards,
    Michiel Post

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    Related to this...you may also find this interesting. I posted info about this study a while back in the "Off Topic General Discussion" section:

    CD Sales Not Reduced by File Sharing, Say Researchers at Harvard Business School and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Link to my thread, where you can read more about the study and download the full study in .pdf format:


    In fact, this study even suggests that file sharing might actually boost CD sales.



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    Re: OT: piracy study results

    Even more so if you consider that all the countries on the list with the worst piracy rates have one thing in common: they are all poor. It's not difficult to see the link there.

    That being so, it's pretty obvious that most of the people in those countries WOULDN'T buy the software if they couldn't get it illegally. The fact that piracy is so much less of a problem in richer countries indicates that once it's financially practical for people to buy software (ie, the price has a REASONABLE correlation with their wage, in terms of how much value the software will give them), most of them do. Not all of course, but most.

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