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    One Third of All Software in Use Still Pirated, Major Study Finds

    Maybe if the software was cheaper or Micro$haft didnt have a monoply over world's desktop OS




    WASHINGTON, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty-five percent of the software
    installed on personal computers worldwide was pirated in 2004, a one
    percentage point decrease from 36 percent in 2003. Yet, losses due to piracy
    increased from $29 billion to $33 billion.
    These are among 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 developers. The independent study, which
    indicates that software piracy continues to be a major challenge worldwide,
    was conducted by global technology research leader IDC.
    "Worldwide, one out of every three copies of software in use today has
    been obtained illegally," said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. "These
    losses have a profound economic impact in countries around the world. Every
    copy of software used without proper licensing costs tax revenue, jobs, and
    growth opportunities for burgeoning software markets."
    In 2004, the world spent more than $59 billion on commercial packaged PC
    software, up from $51 billion in 2003. But over $90 billion was actually
    installed, up from $80 billion the year before. The increase in losses to $33
    billion was, in part, the result of the fact that the PC software market grew
    over six percent and the U.S. dollar fell against many of the world's
    currencies.

    Among the key findings:
    -- Although piracy rates decreased in 37 countries, they increased in 34
    countries. They remained consistent in 16 countries.

    -- In more than half the 87 countries studied, the piracy rate exceeded
    60 percent. In 24 countries, the piracy rate exceeded 75 percent.

    -- The countries with the highest piracy rates were Vietnam (92 percent),
    Ukraine (91 percent), China (90 percent), Zimbabwe (90 percent) and
    Indonesia (87 percent).

    -- The countries with the lowest piracy rates were the United States (21
    percent), New Zealand (23 percent), Austria (25 percent), Sweden (26
    percent), and United Kingdom (27 percent).

    -- The emerging markets in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Eastern Europe
    and the Middle East and Africa account for over one-third of PC
    shipments today, but only a tenth of spending on PC software.

    A primary factor in determining losses due to piracy in a specific country
    is the size of that country's software market. For instance, at 21 percent,
    while the United States had the lowest piracy rate of all countries studied,
    it also had the greatest losses - $6.6 billion. That amount is almost double
    the amount lost in the country with the second highest losses, China, at $3.5
    billion. In very large software markets, comparatively low piracy rates still
    amount to huge losses.
    "Piracy is still most prevalent in countries and regions where the
    software market is growing as personal computing becomes more integral to work
    and daily life," said John Gantz, chief research officer at IDC. "But we've
    learned from nations such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that adopting
    policies to protect intellectual property is key to curbing piracy. With a 34
    percent piracy rate, UAE is the only emerging economy listed among the top 20
    low-piracy nations, likely attributable to policy measures on intellectual
    property enacted in the 1990s."
    "BSA's education programs, policy initiatives and enforcement efforts
    around the world continue to have an impact on the piracy problem," said
    Holleyman. "But the continued influx of new users in emerging markets, and
    the increased availability of pirated software primarily through the Internet
    and P2P networks, underscores that continued education is a must. BSA will
    continue its efforts to stem the growth of piracy and thus stimulate local
    economies, create jobs, generate tax revenue, and encourage investment in
    technological innovation for the future."
    IDC used proprietary statistics for software and hardware shipments,
    conducted more than 7,000 interviews in 23 countries, and enlisted IDC
    analysts in over 50 countries to review local market conditions.</pre>
    I am only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.

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    Re: One Third of All Software in Use Still Pirated, Major Study Finds

    Originally posted by 5Abi
    -- The emerging markets in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Eastern Europe
    and the Middle East and Africa account for over one-third of PC
    shipments today, but only a tenth of spending on PC software.
    GPL zindabad!!

    Originally posted by 5Abi
    A primary factor in determining losses due to piracy in a specific country is the size of that country's software market. For instance, at 21 percent,
    while the United States had the lowest piracy rate of all countries studied,
    it also had the greatest losses - $6.6 billion. That amount is almost double
    the amount lost in the country with the second highest losses, China, at $3.5
    billion. In very large software markets, comparatively low piracy rates still
    amount to huge losses.
    They can count
    An Android a day keeps the Apple away!

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      Re: One Third of All Software in Use Still Pirated, Major Study Finds

      "But we've
      learned from nations such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that adopting
      policies to protect intellectual property is key to curbing piracy. With a 34
      percent piracy rate, UAE is the only emerging economy listed among the top 20
      low-piracy nations, likely attributable to policy measures on intellectual
      property enacted in the 1990s."
      Indeed UAE is among the top countries when it comes to Intellectual Capital & Knowledge Management! - but then again we're talking about a country that has invested millions in learning and implementing best practices from those who've tried and tested these waters before.
      For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining - and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction - Khalil Gibran

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