India is in forefront when it comes to piracy – According to the report released by Business Software Alliance along with IDC, Indians used 65% pirated software in 2009 ( Piracy % = Unlicensed Software Units divided by Total Software Units Installed ). However, this rate is 3% lower than what it was as compared to previous year.
The annual commercial value of unlicensed software in India stands at a whopping $2.03 billion. Comparatively, China has piracy rate of whooping 79%, which accounts for a dollar value of more than 7.5 billion.
Software Piracy in Asia Pacific
Top Countries in Piracy in 2009
Top Countries in Piracy in 2009 (Commercial Value)
Some of the Key findings of the reports are :
- Global PC software piracy dropped in 54 of the 111 countries studied; however the worldwide piracy rate rose from 41 percent in 2008 to 43 percent in 2009, due to exponential growth in PC software deployments in emerging economies.
- The United States, Japan, and Luxembourg continue to hold the lowest piracy rates of economies surveyed (20, 21, and 21 percent, respectively).
- In Asia Pacific, economies with the highest piracy rates include Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam and Pakistan.
- China’s piracy rate dropped 12 percentage points during the six years from 2003 to 2008, but slowed last year. This was, to some degree, a result of growth of activity in the consumer sector, but there was also less focus on anti-piracy enforcement by the government and by some vendors during the recession.
- Factors driving piracy rates up included rapid growth of the consumer PC market (India, China and Brazil), and greater activity in the installed base of older computers where unlicensed software is more prevalent, and the increasing sophistication of software pirates and cyber criminals.
What about you – Are you one of those who use pirated softwares :)