The BSA (Business Software Alliance) has issued another annual report on the large monetary damages of software piracy claiming a global loss of over $50 billion dollars.
In 2009 they estimated that 43% of the software on computers around the world was pirated, which was up 2% from 2008. I am curious to find out how this year will compare to 2009. I propose an increase of around 4%.
The highest piracy rate was found in Georgia (not the US state but, Georgia in Russia) which estimated 95% of software installed was illegal. Right behind them at 94% was Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Moldova.
I would take the $50 billion lost with a grain a salt because just because it was pirated, doesn't mean they would have bought it to begin with.