Survey Reveals That More Than Half of PC Users are Pirates

That number is, of course, the average number of a global survey with national averages that vary greatly by region.

According to the BSA, developing countries have far greater piracy rates than developed nations. For example, the piracy rate in the U.S. is just 19 percent, Germany 26 percent and Australia 23 percent. In contrast, India revealed a piracy rate of 63 percent, China 77 percent, and Kenya 78 percent.

The commercial value of the software pirated in the U.S., however, is $9.8 billion and exceeds all other countries. China's staggering piracy rate result in a commercial pirated software value of $8.9 billion.

The aggregate value of pirated software that was in use in 2011 is estimated at $63.4 billion, up from $58.8 billion in 2010.

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  • amdfangirl
    Depends what you call piracy. AFACT knocked on my door because I used p2p to "pirate" Linux and other free software causing "millions of dollars worth of IP damage".

    ;)
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  • joytech22
    I admit I do pirate, but if I like the content I will pay for it and if I don't, I will delete it.

    I used to pirate big time without even paying for content I liked, but I thought to myself it's just more sensible to pay for content I like.
    All software and movies I have are purchased in either hard copy or some digital form from legitimate sites. (Like iTunes etc..)
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  • A Bad Day
    I pity those who still think that they can stop the pirating of software...
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  • amdfangirl
    Depends what you call piracy. AFACT knocked on my door because I used p2p to "pirate" Linux and other free software causing "millions of dollars worth of IP damage".

    ;)
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  • Anonymous
    china is a developing country??
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  • A Bad Day
    I pity those who still think that they can stop the pirating of software...
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