At the end of 2010, China was deploying 650,000 law enforcement personnel to seize and disrupt book piracy, software piracy and movie piracy within the country.
According to KPMG’s Counterfeit Christmas Index Basket, a basket filled with counterfeit goods purchased in 11 major cities around the world was only 24 percent cheaper then a basket filled with the legitimate product.
Microsoft spends over $10 Million a year in gathering intelligence and information on piracy activities of its software in addition to the $200 Million in developing anti-piracy technology each year.
According to a report in the New York Times, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) spends about $50 Million a year going after counterfeiters and pirated software sellers.
In 2009, 79 percent of all computers in China were running pirated software, creating financial losses of $7.5 Billion.
The software piracy rate in India in 2010 was estimated to be 65 percent.
From January to August 2010, government agencies in South Korea were cited over 2,600 times for using pirated software. In 2009, over 1,900 citations were given to government offices, and around 700 cases in 2008. The increase in citations is due to an increase in monitoring software. Most of the software piracy citations were found in regional branch offices rather then central departments.
Over 80 percent of the computers in Cuba are believed to be using pirated copies of Microsoft.Pirated video games are sold for the equivalent of $2, and movies still showing in US theaters are regularly shown on state-owned television stations.
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) reported that an estimated $51.4 Billion was lost to software piracy in 2009.
Complete breakdown of software piracy losses by country was taken from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) “Global Software Piracy Study”.…