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.

Software piracy in China led to $18.9 Billion being spent on pirated software in the country. Software piracy made up to 12 percent of the total software market.

Source:  AFP, “China says software piracy declines — to 19 billion dollars,” Google News, May 10, 2010.

Software piracy in Bulgaria leads up to 60 percent of all software to be pirated.

Source:  Nick Lliev, “Bulgaria ‘leads in internet piracy in the EU’,” Sophia Echo, April 27, 2010.

In 2010, software maker Microsoft was employing 75 people in its anti-piracy operations.

Source:  Mark Hachman, “CSI Redmond: How Microsoft Tracks Down Pirates,” PC Magazine, April 26, 2010.


The industrial union in Italy reported that the piracy of movies, music, software and television shows results in the loss of 185,000 jobs.

Source:  Eric J. Lyman, “Piracy causes 185,000 lost jobs in Italy,” Hollywood Reporter, April 19, 2010.

Internet piracy in Europe led to $13.7 Billion (10 Billion Euros) worth of pirated movies, music, television shows and software to be illegally downloaded in 2008.

Source:  Associated Press, “European Web downloads cost euro10 billion,” BusinessWeek, March 17, 2010.

According to the Business Software Alliance, 80 percent of all software used in China in 2008 was pirated. The software piracy rate was down from the 90 percent reported in 2004.

Source:  Bruce Einhorn, “Software Industry Loses Patience with China,” BusinessWeek, March 10, 2010.

Software piracy in Russia leads to over one-quarter of all stores selling pirated copies of Windows.

Source:  Associated Press, “Microsoft: Pirated software still in Russian shops,” San Jose Mercury News, February 8, 2010.

According to Microsoft, one-third of all Windows users around the world are using pirated copies.

Source: “Windows pirates encouraged to install security patches,” Technology Live, USA Today, February 1, 2010.

Depending on the region of the world, Peer to Peer networks account 43 percent to 70 percent of software, movie, music and video game piracy.

Source:  Eric Lai, “What’s replacing P2P, BitTorrent as pirate hangouts?,” ComputerWorld, October 9, 2009.

Due to the high level of software piracy in China, Microsoft is only able to receive about 2 percent of the global revenues from China despite the country consisting of 18 percent of all PC shipments.

Source:  Loretta Chao, “In Piracy Case, China Fights Hero,” Wall Street Journal, September 1, 2009.