BSA Reports $51 Billion Worth Of Software Theft In 2009
- Piracy rates increased in 19 global economies, up from 16 in 2008.
- The factors driving up the global piracy rate include growth in the consumer PC base and in emerging markets - both segments with high piracy rates
- Globally, PC shipments to consumers rose 17 percent in 2009, while shipments to businesses, governments and schools dropped 15 percent. The PC markets in Brazil, India and China accounted for 86 percent of the growth in PC shipments worldwide.
- For every dollar of legitimate software sold, another $3-4 in revenue is created for local firms. China saw the largest increase in the commercial value of pirated software of any country - growing $900 million to $7.6 billion.
- India, Chile and Canada each saw the greatest improvement in reducing software theft, each achieving a 3 percentage point decline in their piracy rates in 2009.