Software Piracy

Information and statistics about software piracy and sales or downloads of pirated software. Data about the piracy is collected from software companies, industry representatives and other public information sources.

A study has found that companies in developing countries that use pirated Microsoft software save over $2.9 Billion in costs.

Companies and manufacturers in China save up to $837 Million dollars through the use of using free pirated software, followed by India saving $505 Million, Brazil saving $186 Million, and Russia saving $115 Million each year.

Source: Julie Bort, “Pirated software saves companies over £1.83bn a year, claims Microsoft,” Computerworld UK, November 18, 2011.

The sales of counterfeit products in Indonesia causes tax losses of up to $4.8 Billion (43.2 Trillion Indonesian Rupiahs) in 2010.

The following is the percentage of counterfeit goods that make up all sales in that category:

Product                     Counterfeit Percentage

Leather products              35.7

Software                             34.1

Automotive Parts             16.8

Electronic goods              13.7

Cigarettes                          11.5

Beverages                          8.9

Pesticides                          7.7

Cosmetics                          6.4

Drugs                                  3.5

Source: “Fake products cost RI Rp 43.2t in lost taxes,” Jakarta Post, November 5, 2011.

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.


According to a survey by the Business Software Alliance, 47 percent of PC users around the world get their copies of software illegally.

13 percent of reported users in the survey always get their software through illegal means, such as bit torrent sites or installing singe use copies on multiple computers, while 34 percent mostly get their software through illegal means.

Source: Chris Gayomali, “Survey: Half of World’s PCs Have Pirated Software,” TIME, Techland Blog, September 7, 2011.

The Interior Ministry stated that up to 60 percent of Microsoft products in use in Russia are pirated copies. 37 percent of all clothing sales in the country are replica clothing, and counterfeit cosmetics consist of between 15 and 30 percent of the total market.

The Ministry stated that most counterfeits and imported into the county, with minimal production of fake goods occurring within the country.

Source: Interfax, “Internet Cuts Down Piracy,” Moscow Times, September 2, 2011.

Microsoft President Steve Ballmer stated that the company losses 95 percent of its possible revenue in China due to software piracy.

>Owen Fletcher and Jason Dean, “Ballmer Bares China Travails,” Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2011.

Software piracy in China created losses of $20.1 Billion in 2010, according to a research lab commissioned by the State Intellectual Property Office.

Source: ANI, “Software piracy rate drops in China,” Yahoo Singapore, May 14, 2011.

Software piracy caused losses of $58.8 Billion in 2010, an increase of 14 percent from the previous year, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

Software Losses by Country

Source: Business Software Alliance, “2010 Piracy Study,” May 2011.

In 2010, authorities in Thailand conducted raids on 210 companies that were using pirated software worth $15 Million (472 Million Thai Baht).

75 percent of all computers in Thailand are estimated to be running pirated software.

Source: “The hard line on software piracy,” Bangkok Post, March 21, 2011.

According to a study focusing on 10,000 BitTorrent files found that porn was the most pirated files.

Porn files consisted of 35.8 percent of the files, followed by movies (35.2 percent), television shows (12.7 percent), non-gaming software (4.2 percent), and music (2.9 percent).

Source: Business Insider, “Forget About Buying Music Online — People Don’t Even Want To STEAL Music”, San Francisco Chronicle, February 4, 2011.