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.

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.

Source: “China Publicly Burns 5.2 Million Pirated Books, Compact Discs,” Bernama, January 10, 2011.

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.

The basket was filled with the following products, according to the Daily Finance:

  • DVD – movie in current Top 10 chart
  • CD – album in current top 10 chart
  • Counterfeit software
  • High end trainers
  • High end polo-shirt
  • Leading designer handbag
  • High end branded watch
  • High end sunglasses
  • Branded jeans
  • Good quality branded whiskey
  • Branded cigarettes

Source: Chris Wheal, “Counterfeit goods are more expensive,” Daily Finance, December 20, 2010.

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.

Source: Ashlee Vance, “Chasing Pirates: Inside Microsoft’s War Room,” New York Times, November 6, 2010.


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.

Source: Ashlee Vance, “Chasing Pirates: Inside Microsoft’s War Room,” New York Times, November 6, 2010.

In 2009, 79 percent of all computers in China were running pirated software, creating financial losses of $7.5 Billion.

Source: AFP, “Microsoft boss decries software piracy by China firms,” Google News, October 8, 2010.

The software piracy rate in India in 2010 was estimated to be 65 percent.

Source: “Taming software piracy to help India create $4.6-bn opportunity,” Financial Express, October 7, 2010.

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.

Source: Kim Tong-hyung, “Software piracy still thriving, ” Korea Times, September 28, 2010.

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.

Source: Esteban Israel, “Despite embargo, Cuba a haven for pirated U.S. goods,” Reuters, September 2, 2010.

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) reported that an estimated $51.4 Billion was lost to software piracy in 2009.

Source: AFP, “Over $50 bln lost to software piracy: report,” Google News, May 11, 2010.

Complete breakdown of software piracy losses by country was taken from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) “Global Software Piracy Study”.

Source: BSA, “Seventh Annual BSA/IDC Global Software 09 Piracy Study,” May 2010, PC Software Piracy Rates and Commercial Value of Unlicensed Software, page 14-15.