Piracy stats: Losing the war on the flood of fakes

January 11, 2015
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A stunning forty-seven present of global personal computer users get their software illegally, according to a Business Software Alliance (BSA) study. China, with having close to one-fifth of the world’s population, is the major pirating culprit. The survey, which keyed-in on piracy stats, also unearthed the general mentalities towards the issue of piracy, with the Chinese having the most liberal attitude amongst the group of people surveyed.

According to BSA, 86-percent of the Chinese acquire their software illegally most or all of the time, which they noted was of “epidemic” proportions.

The survey shed light on the fact that only 13-percent buy original software, while another 40-percent of users get a majority of their software through illegal means. Socioeconomic factors underscore the purchasing trends, with a majority of users located in the developing world resorting to acquiring pirated software. Behind China, the study found that Nigeria, Vietnam, Ukraine and Malaysia closed out the top five as having the highest propensity to acquire pirated software materials.

The definitional scope of piracy included downloading programs from peer-to-peer networks like Vuze, and buying single licenses for multiple devices. The Washington-based Alliance includes software leaders –such as Apple, Microsoft and Adobe – and actively work on their behalf to protect copyright infringement and intellectual property, and who suffer $59 billion globally in 2010. Just to gain a more intimate view on the impact of piracy, Steve Balmer, Microsoft’s CEO, says that Microsoft loses close to 95-percent of their market share in China because of piracy. In terms of value, the United States trumps China by costing software-makers $9.5 billion, while the latter stole $7.78 billion in programs. BSA surveyed 15,000 personal computer users from thirty-two countries for this report. These piracy stats were troublesome.

Pirated software, while they lure people in under the guise of being the ultimate cost-efficient tool (by being free), they present major security breaches and can compromise entire company data. Fidelity IT Solutions, a Toronto-based computer service provider, will transform your IT infrastructure by injecting integrity, high-level security and ensure that your business is compliant with local and international copyright laws.

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(v) Record the findings in a centralized location, and create a Proof of Purchase profile

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A recent study by the Business Software Alliance, on piracy stats, has revealed the depth and breadth of the piracy epidemic, on a global scale, has been seriously underestimated. With nearly half of the global population engaging in routine acts of copyright infringement through various mediums, such as purchasing pirated goods on the black market or open market, or downloading them on peer-to-peer networks. One thing is clear, the fight against piracy is a losing one.

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