Software Piracy Statistics: 59 Billion USD

May 12, 2011 7:36 pm

We spotted this stat today:

“Global software piracy reached a record figure of $59 billion last year, a new study from the Business Software Alliance has found.

That figure represents a 14 percent increase compared with 2009 and a doubling since 2003, the trade group said today. Forty-two percent of PC software was pirated worldwide last year, the group added, down one point from the previous year.

Emerging markets are the most troublesome for software makers, with the majority of all software piracy–$32 billion worth–occurring in those markets. In 2010, the BSA said, 50 percent of all PCs shipped around the world went to emerging markets. However, less than 20 percent of all paid software license revenue came from those areas.”

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