Global Software Piracy Study

Seventh Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study

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2009 Global Study

Software Theft Remains Significant Issue Around the World

The rate of global software piracy climbed to 43 percent in 2009. This increase was fueled in large part by expanding PC sales in fast-growing, high-piracy countries and increasing sales to consumers — two market segments that traditionally have higher incidents of software theft. 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’s study.

Given the global recession, the software piracy picture could have taken a dramatic turn for the worse. But progress is being outstripped by the overall increases in piracy globally — and highlights the need for governments, law enforcement and industry to work together to address this vital economic issue.

Below are key findings from this year’s study:

  • Commercial value of software theft exceeds $50 billion: the commercial value of unlicensed software put into the market in 2009 totalled $51.4 billion.
  • Progress on piracy held through the recession: the rate of PC software piracy dropped in nearly half (49%) of the 111 economies studied, remained the same in 34% and rose in 17%.
  • Piracy continues to rise on a global basis: the worldwide piracy rate increased from 41% in 2008 to 43% in 2009; largely a result of exponential growth in the PC and software markets in higher piracy, fast growing markets such as Brazil, India and China.

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Contacts
 

BSA North America
Matt Reid
202.872.5500
mattr@bsa.org


BSA Latin America
Rodger Correa
202.872.5140
rodgerc@bsa.org


BSA Europe, Middle East, Africa
Lisa Randles
+44.207.340.6080
lisar@bsa.org


BSA Asia-Pacific
Juliet Lim
Radiant Comm.
+65-9431 5111
julietlim@radiantcomms.com