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Pirate Half Of PC Users Are Pirates, Says Study



One in four UK computer users have installed unlicensed software, says BSA

Techweek EU, 28 May 2012

Over half of PC users worldwide have admitted to using pirate software last year, according to a study by the trade group Business Software Alliance (BSA).

BSA’s ninth annual Global Software Piracy Study has shown a sharp increase in software piracy, especially among emerging economies. In the UK, more than one in four programs users installed in 2011 were unlicensed.

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In a survey of around 15,000 computer users from a total of 33 countries around the world, 57 percent admitted to using pirated software, up from 42 percent the year before. The BSA estimates that the global annual cost of software piracy has reached $63.4 billion (£40b).





UK is firmly below the global average, with just 27 percent of computer users admitting they have acquired software illegally last year. This translates into an approximate £1.2 billion loss by the software industry.
According to the study, young men are much more likely to use unlicensed software than any other demographic. 28 percent of professed software pirates in the UK are under 34 years old, and 79 percent are male.
“As the UK enters a double-dip recession, it has never been more important to protect the creative industry’s intellectual property and its vital contribution to the economy. However, to do so we need to fundamentally change the way we view and acquire software,” says Julian Swan, director of compliance marketing at BSA EMEA.
The study discovered that more than three quarters (77 percent) of UK PC users surveyed do not think the risk of getting caught is an effective deterrent to software piracy.
According to the UK law, the maximum amount of damages the software developers can claim is equivalent to the cost of the software license. The BSA is calling for a stronger damages law, including double damages, to stop the increase in illegal software use.
The study has also found that computer users in emerging markets are more likely to use pirated software than in mature ones – 68 percent against 24 percent respectively.
By its sheer scale, China has the most troubling piracy problem. Its illegal software market was worth nearly £5.5 billion in 2011 versus a legal market of less than £1.7 billion.

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According to BSA, on average only 20 percent of software pirates consider current enforcement measures a sufficient deterrent to their activities.





“It is clear that the fight against software piracy is far from over. Although emerging markets are of the greatest concern, the problem is still persisting in mature markets, in which one in four admit to using pirated software. One of the more troubling issues is that business decision makers purchase some legitimate copies but then turn a blind eye to further (illegal) installations for new users, locations and devices,” said Robin Fry, commercial services partner at DAC Beachcroft.
“Although, the legal framework currently in place in the UK generally serves the software industry well, readily accessible enforcement could be improved. As an organisation we endeavour to assist our members in protecting their products and take to task those who illicitly seek to exploit them. However, the existing legislative process can be unduly wieldy – so much so that many businesses, and enforcement agencies, are put off,” commented Julian Heathcote Hobbins, general counsel at Federation Against Software Theft.

“It is all very well having the IP rights in place, but unless we can improve the practical enforcement measures, the effectiveness of the laws will be blunted,” he added.

We should note that the previous BSA reports have been criticised by some members of the industry as “propaganda”.

BSA has recently exercised its power by working out a settlement worth £10,000 with the Blackpool-based company George Morrison over its illegal use of Microsoft and Autodesk products.
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It's the usual BS done by the same suspects, with the same questionable methodology. Part of this study is based on a Canadian survey which can be found here:
http://portal.bsa.org/globalpiracy2011/downloads/opinionsurvey/survey_canada.pdf
To show you how really sloppy and lack of actual true research goes into this report, to get it's percentage, it lumps together two figures to get the eyebrow raising figure; 40% figure with the "nearly one in three" (specifically 27%) figure. The method behind obtaining both figures is highly questionable to begin with but it shows you how they come up with such big numbers. Even the 40% figure is a lump together of different classes. Out of that figure, 26% say rarely but never mind, they said they did and that's the biggest part of the 40% figure. It's misleading in the extreme to say it the best way.

There is one other little detail left out of this report. Something failed to be mentioned in all this because it doesn't support the picture that is being painted. The 26% is an all time low since these figures have been gathered. No mention of that which is surprising because it's supposed to be a yardstick against how successful they've been at curtailing the piracy. There's a reason for that, never fear, as I will explain it.

Every time new and stronger measures are being sought to protect the copywrong group, these figures will be dutifully trotted out like a show pony to say there is a need for it. Just as with all the news organizations that could have done a little fact checking but didn't, so to will those in congress take their word for it without the slightest shred of proof it's even needed. No studies are done and make the news except those that support the industries pre-made ideas. The laws are not being based on fact but upon supposition that these studies mean something.

It is amazing that the BSA puts out a puff piece and no newspaper in the world takes a look at the figures to verify their accuracy. If they do that for this puff piece, how accurate do you think your news sources are?
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Well now we know what BSA stands for.........I was thinking how on earth do they know only 50% of users are pirates, I bet its a whole lot more than that! LOL
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I was thinking how on earth do they know only 50% of users are pirates, I bet its a whole lot more than that! LOL
Something else that is not taken into account, is that the countries where the individual does not get a fairly high pay. What I mean here is take a look at Photoshop for instance. It sells for $976 at Amazon and that's with a $192 discount. So the retail value of Photoshop C6 without extras comes to $1168.

A car mechanic in Russia makes a weekly average salary of $251. It would take better than a months' wage to buy the software basic package.
http://www.worldsalaries.org/russia.shtml
So when faced with the choice of spending that kind of money on software, which do you think he's going to pick? Free or paid for? It's even worse when you go looking at other country salaries. In the Philippines, the same mechanic would make $144 a week. In Thailand, the salary is $153.

While I am sure Photoshop is a great package, it's not worth that kind of money. Not to the average person who also has to depend on that money to live on.

It's not even a choice. As much as you might want to be legal, there comes a point when you just have to be realistic.
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