p2pnet view P2P:- The proportion of unlicensed software on computers in Canada fell last year to 29% from 32%, says the BSA (Business Software Alliance).
And that “represents a commercial value of $943 million US, according to this seventh annual global software-piracy study”, says the Canwest News Service.
But, “the overall rate of software piracy rose to 43 per cent from 41 per cent as a result of more illegal activity in countries such as China, India and Brazil”, says the story adding:
“The worldwide commercial value of pirated software last year was $51.4 billion US.”
Presumably, that stat came from the study.
However, “Each year”, observed Mike Masnick on TechDirt recently, ” companies (especially the BSA) like to throw out marginally-coherent data ‘proving’ the supposedly-huge impact piracy has on the economy, national security or employment. The claims are quickly debunked as nonsense — yet the same claims return year after year, and often get cited by U.S. politicians as gospel.”
“Up to 35% of all PC software installed in 2004 was pirated, resulting in a staggering $33 billion loss to the industry, according to an annual study released this week by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a trade association and lobby group.”
But, it continued >>>
The association’s figures rely on sample data that may not be representative, assumptions about the average amount of software on PCs and, for some countries, guesses rather than hard data,” it said. “Moreover, the figures are presented in an exaggerated way by the BSA and International Data Corporation (IDC), a research firm that conducts the study. They dubiously presume that each piece of software pirated equals a direct loss of revenue to software firms.
To derive its piracy rate, IDC estimates the average amount of software that is installed on a PC per country, using data from surveys, interviews and other studies. That figure is then reduced by the known quantity of software sold per country-a calculation in which IDC specialises. The result: a (supposed) amount of piracy per country. Multiplying that figure by the revenue from legitimate sales thus yields the retail value of the unpaid-for software. This, IDC and BSA claim, equals the amount of lost revenue.
Meanwhile, “The lowest rates of software piracy were found in the United States (20 per cent), Japan (21 per cent) and Luxembourg (21 per cent), while the highest rates were in Georgia, Zimbabwe and Moldova, which were all at 90 per cent or more”, said Canwest.
[The pic onthe right is from Ask a Ninja.]
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