This map shows software commercial value of unlicensed software.
World Software Commercial Value of Unlicensed Software: US $51.4 billion in 2009 ($52.9 billion in 2008)
In 2009, for every $100 worth of legitimate software sold, an additional $75 worth of unlicensed software made its way onto the market. There was some progress in 2009 — software rates actually dropped in almost half of the countries examined in this year
What is Software Piracy?
Software piracy is the unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted software. This can be done by copying, downloading, sharing, selling, or installing multiple copies onto personal or work computers. What a lot of people don't realize or don't think about is that when you purchase software, you are actually purchasing a license to use it, not the actual software. That license is what tells you how many times you can install the software, so it's important to read it. If you make more copies of the software than the license permits, you are pirating (BAS 2011).
Who collected this data?
Business Software Alliance (BSA) has been studying global trends in PC software piracy for more than a decade. This is the seventh annual study conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC), the IT industry’s leading global market research and forecasting firm, using the same methodology and standard, reliable data sets.
What software is included?
All software that runs on personal computers — including desktops, portables and new netbooks. That includes operating systems, systems software, such as databases and security packages, and applications software; for example, office automation packages, finance and tax packages, PC computer games and industry-specific applications.
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12 years ago