Software companies lost $13.5 Billion in potential revenue in Europe due to software piracy in 2010.
About 35 percent of all software installed on computers across Europe are pirated. In the United States, the software piracy rate is 20 percent.
France had the highest rate of financial impact from software piracy, with $2.6 Billion, followed by Germany with $2.1 Billion, Italy with $1.9 Billion, and the United Kingdom with $1.8 Billion in losses.
Source: Katie Linsell, “Losing $13.5 Billion to Piracy Spurs Europe Law Reformers: Tech,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, October 17, 2011.