The value of unlicensed and pirated software could be as high as the $50 billion a new study has concluded, up 5% on earlier estimates.
The sixth in a series of research studies carried out for the Business Software Alliance has found software piracy rate has risen for the second year in a row. “The worldwide software piracy rate rose from 38% to 41%, because PC shipments grew fastest in high-piracy countries such as China and India, overwhelming progress elsewhere,” the BSA said.
While emerging economies account for 45% of the global PC hardware market, they account for less than 20% of the PC software market.
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