57% of people admit to illegally downloading software. Do you think its ok to snag software?
Have you ever downloaded software
illegally online, or installed software on more than one computer when
you didn't have the right to? If so, you're not alone: over half of
people with computers admit to pirating software.
According to the annual BSA
Global Software Piracy Study, 57% of computer users were willing to
admit that they pirate software. All told, that adds up to an estimated
$63.4 billion worth of software, though there's no way to tell how much of that hurts software makers' bottom line.
Males pirate more than women, and
more pirates — 68% — come from "emerging markets" (read: those who
can't afford to buy software) than from "mature" markets that account
for 24% of the total. The problem is at its worst in China, where the piracy rate is 77%. The study also found that businesses pirate more software than private users.
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