Half of world’s PC users acquire software illegally -BSA
Nearly half the world’s personal computer users, 47 percent, acquire
software through illegal means most or all of the time, and in
developing economies the figures are much higher, according to a survey
undertaken on PC users’ behaviour and attitudes toward software piracy
and intellectual property rights.
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today released detailed findings
from the groundbreaking study on its official blog, BSA TechPost.
Ipsos Public Affairs conducted the research for BSA by surveying
approximately 15,000 PC users in 32 countries.
This included 400 to 500 in-person or online interviews per country.
The study finds that the majority of computer users in the developing
world regularly acquire software through illegal means such as buying a
single licence for a program and then installing it on multiple
machines, or downloading programs from peer-to-peer networks, even
though they express support for intellectual property principles.
Of the 32 countries surveyed, nine are in the Asia-Pacific region.
Six of these including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia,
and South Korea were found to have individual piracy rates ranking among
the top 10 of all countries surveyed.
The study finds that a significant number of software pirates in
developing markets incorrectly believe that typically illegal means of
acquiring software are in fact, legal.
At the same time, they believe software piracy is common, and think
it is unlikely that software pirates will be caught.
Critically, business decision-makers around the world exhibit
behaviour and opinions that are similar to those of other computer
users. Five Asia-Pacific countries were found to have business
decision-maker piracy rates ranking among the top 10 of all countries
“It took hundreds of millions of thieves to steal $59 b of software
last year. Now we have a better understanding of what they were
thinking,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “The evidence is
clear: The way to lower software piracy is by educating business
ventures and individuals about what is legal and ramping enforcement of
intellectual property laws to send clearer deterrent signals to the
Managing Director, BSA Asia-Pacific Lyn Boxall said, “Interestingly,
the study points to the fact that many pirates may not even realise they
are betraying their own principles and breaking the law.
BSA is committed to a program that focuses on creating awareness and
respect for intellectual property rights (IPR) of both foreign as well
as local products.
We believe a stronger IPR regime will benefit Asian economies as the
IT industry plays an increasingly significant part in the regions’s