The personal computer (PC) software piracy level in India registered 68 percent in 2008, a one point drop from 69 in 2007. However, dollar losses caused by software piracy continued to increase, rising to 2.7 billion in 2008 compared to losses of 2 billion in 2007.
These are among the findings of the sixth annual BSA-IDC Global Software Piracy Study released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The study was conducted by IDC, the global market research and forecasting firm.
In 2008, the rate of PC software piracy dropped in slightly more than half (57) of the 110 countries studied, remained the same in nearly one third (36), and rose in just 16. However, the worldwide PC software piracy rate rose for the second year in a row, from 38 percent to 41 percent, mainly because PC shipments grew fastest in high-piracy countries such as China and India, overwhelming progress in these and other countries.
In another sign of the scale of the problem, the monetary value of losses to the software industry from PC software piracy broke the 50 billion level for the first time. Worldwide losses grew by 11 percent to 53 billion in non-adjusted dollars.
"We are continuing to make significant progress against PC software piracy, which helps not only the software industry, but also the wider economy and society. The bad news is that software piracy remains so prevalent all over the world, undermining local IT service firms, giving illegal software users an unfair advantage in business, and spreading security risks," said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman.
Jeffrey Hardee, Vice President and Regional Director, Asia Pacific, BSA, said, "We are seeing mixed results in Asia Pacific with eight economies showing a decline in the PC software piracy rate, no change in seven and an increase in three. The average PC software piracy rate in Asia Pacific increased to 61 percent, up from 59 percent the previous year, with losses reaching over $15 billion. This increase in the average piracy rate is attributed to the mathematical outcome of more rapid growth of PC markets in economies of higher piracy rates. Even if piracy were to go down in every high-piracy country, their growing market share for PCs could drive the regional average up."