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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > BSA Estimates 2009 Piracy Losses at $51 Billion

BSA Estimates 2009 Piracy Losses at $51 Billion

BSA Estimates 2009 Piracy Losses at $51 Billion

Added: Friday, May 14th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The BSA (Business Software Alliance) has recently released the results of the study, which showed the software piracy increase up to 43% as compared to the previous year. At the top of a chart they put poor countries such as Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia, Moldova and Zimbabwe.

The results of BSA’s 7th annual software piracy research made the absurd claims of losses due to piracy having almost no basis in reality.

The figures now have grown to $51 billion and that relates to the cost of software that was pirated worldwide in 2009, which makes it an increase in 43% comparing to 2008. BSA blames the emerging markets for the problem of increasing piracy rates.

Robert Holleyman, President and CEO of BSA, believes that the amount of software theft exceeding $50 billion should obviously force both the private and public sectors to coordinate their forces in order to more effectively tackle the situation that choke innovations and harm world economies.

All this is good and right, except for the figures. The matter is that BSA, when determining the piracy rate, was operating with a questionable methodology. The way it works was first calculating the number of computers in a country, and then placing them against the results of a research BSA has carried out, related to the software the citizens said has been installed there. Finally, BSA figured out the number of licensed software packs that have been bought and divides the 2.

Moreover, people of not all the countries were surveyed, so BSA used there so called “emerging market measure” to determine a rate. So the results are most likely just the guesstimates, if not outright falsehoods.

The results also reveal that the highest rates are registered in poor countries, where the people cannot afford the licensed software just because of its cost. The greatest rates are in Georgia (95%) and Zimbabwe (92%). They are followed by Moldova and Bangladesh (both 91%). At the opposite, the lowest rates are registered at the US (20%), Luxembourg and Japan (both 21%) and New Zealand (22%).

Well, it sounds natural that people having more money can afford to spend more money for legal software. But it can’t be the right approach to force people in Bangladesh to prefer licensed Windows Vista to the food or shelter. Well, probably the outfit that is only able to estimate the number of PCs in a country, is not able to see forward.

May 14th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, May 14th, 2010

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-05-14 14:57:53)
MonsterTV avatarThanks for the info SaM

posted by ET junkieET lover (2010-05-14 18:00:58)
bodthepimp avatarthx SaM NICE READ

posted by (2010-05-15 03:13:08)
nellie avatarNice read sam they cry about 50 billion losses but how many billions are they also making

posted by (2010-05-15 05:00:32)
rebornawareness avatarI think with every Shared item(movies software etc) the percent of people who would pay for something if they couldn't get it free is like 2%. So 98% of the supposed losses is total Bull**** After all, they aren't losing anything from 98% of people who would never pay for it. I only went to a movie in a theater once or twice a year before I had a computer. Same for music. I bought one or two cd's a year. If I was to download 100 movies and 100 cd's they would add up the cost of the 200 Items and say I "caused them to lose"(They can't say stole cause it is SHARED) Thousands of dollars when it was actually only the cost of 2 movies and 2 cd's.(assuming I'm not still going to the theater twice a year when actually I am). NOW realizing the internet opened an opportunity to market worldwide with little or no shipping costs and reduced advertising costs.(eg software) this is thousands of times more profitable than pre internet world. They should be thanking god for the business oportunities from the net not bitc*ing about p2p

posted by Site Friend (2010-05-15 16:15:26)
magiccrack avataroh wow check her out! very nice avatar #4 :D

is it also true that not all software is actually yours when you buy it, its only Licensed to you.

nice read thanx SaM,

posted by Blocked (2010-05-17 14:23:07)
2die4 avatarthats a highly inflated number

posted by Blocked (2010-05-17 18:45:46)
carolina avatarfirst point:
It's a very old saying: "You can't count your chickens before they hatch" therefore....you cant count dollars before they are spent!!!
BUT if people spend those dollars they SAY they lost from the movie industry, then they would not spend them on other things like books for instance! Does that mean the people who lose money on book sales should SUE the entertainment industry for lose of revenue? Thats only right isn't it?...where would it end? Next they will sue people for not spending money on anything they can make a statistic for (and highly inflate as its not provable one way or the other) Example I could be sued for not buying a ticket to the moon? Reason because I could have bought one but I got a picture of it off the web. That means its the persons fault who posted a picture of the moon, on the web, that I did not buy a ticket to go to the moon. Even though I can clearly see the moon with my own eyes anytime I am in the right place at the right time. For convenience I just wanted the picture. Now I am a thief and pirate? Plus the OVER INFLATED COST OF A MOON TRIP didn't have anything to do with my decision right? Now heres whats wrong with this whole thing, someone out there is crunching numbers saying I didn't do something. This person has no way of knowing why OR even IF I would or would not have done it or what my REAL reasons are. This number cruncher is substituting HIS set of reasons for mine to prove a point that can NOT be proven, logically. I for one am sick of other people thinking they can think FOR me.

Second point:
It's funny but Iron Man 2 just busted all kinds of record sales numbers....the profits climb and climb, people FLOCK to the theatre, they sell billions in merchandise and STILL they whine over "lost" sales. How about if the whole world loses their homes and their jobs and can't even afford to eat will they be happy when EVERY dollar is spent on entertainment? I think they will still be whining over the few people who choose to spend their money on something else. Their profits would actually INCREASE of they just stop spending BILLIONS on chasing down the phantom pirates they see everywhere ala Don Quiote. Same as you can't fill a black hole, you can't make the GREEDY, MINDLESS entertainment industry happy. They are still stuck in the mid 20th century while the rest of us struggle with the realities of the 21st century and a lot more pressing problems than where the public spends its "disposable" wealth....

posted by (2010-05-18 00:29:19)
mork_blasphemy avatarPPl that used to go to the movies still do it,the ones that never went still don't go,sure there are losses but this number is absolutely ridiculous!!

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