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Crime > Software piracy rate: Countries Compared

Luke Metcalfe, Founder, NationMaster

Author: Luke Metcalfe, Founder, NationMaster

The Software Piracy Rate reports the proportion of installed software that is pirated. It takes into account both commercial and open-source programs.

Piracy, and intellectual property in general, is a contentious issue between developed states and the rest of the world. Developed states are net producers of software and emerging economies have lax policing as well as minimal financial incentive for compliance. Among frequent pirates, emerging markets pirate 4 times as much as mature markets.

This represents a large missed opportunity for software publishers as emerging markets represent 56% the world's new PC shipments.

Findings from the 2011 Software Alliance report:
1. The overrall worldwide piracy rate was 42%.
2. Software piracy is particularly common among young males.

Note: this data is from a survey. The actual incidence of privacy may be higher, particularly in jurisdictions where penalties for piracy are enforced.
DEFINITION: The piracy rate is the total number of units of pirated software deployed in 2007 divided by the total units of software installed.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Armenia 93% 2007
=2 Bangladesh 92% 2007
=2 Moldova 92% 2007
=2 Azerbaijan 92% 2007
5 Zimbabwe 91% 2007
6 Sri Lanka 90% 2007
7 Yemen 89% 2007
8 Libya 88% 2007
9 Venezuela 87% 2007
=10 Vietnam 85% 2007
=10 Iraq 85% 2007
=12 Cameroon 84% 2007
=12 Indonesia 84% 2007
=12 Pakistan 84% 2007
=12 Algeria 84% 2007
16 Ukraine 83% 2007
=17 Nigeria 82% 2007
=17 Paraguay 82% 2007
=17 Botswana 82% 2007
=17 Bolivia 82% 2007
=17 China 82% 2007
=17 Zambia 82% 2007
=23 El Salvador 81% 2007
=23 Kenya 81% 2007
=23 Cote d'Ivoire 81% 2007
=26 Senegal 80% 2007
=26 Guatemala 80% 2007
=26 Nicaragua 80% 2007
=29 Dominican Republic 79% 2007
=29 Kazakhstan 79% 2007
=31 Thailand 78% 2007
=31 Albania 78% 2007
=33 Serbia and Montenegro 76% 2007
=33 Tunisia 76% 2007
=35 Panama 74% 2007
=35 Argentina 74% 2007
=35 Honduras 74% 2007
=38 Lebanon 73% 2007
=38 Russia 73% 2007
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 73% 2007
40 Peru 71% 2007
OPEC countries average (profile) 69.78% 2007
=41 Philippines 69% 2007
=41 India 69% 2007
=41 Uruguay 69% 2007
=44 Bosnia and Herzegovina 68% 2007
=44 Bulgaria 68% 2007
=44 Romania 68% 2007
47 Morocco 67% 2007
Emerging markets average (profile) 66.16% 2007
=48 Ecuador 66% 2007
=48 Chile 66% 2007
50 Turkey 65% 2007
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 64.62% 2007
51 Kuwait 62% 2007
=52 Costa Rica 61% 2007
=52 Mexico 61% 2007
=52 Oman 61% 2007
=55 Jordan 60% 2007
=55 Egypt 60% 2007
=57 Malaysia 59% 2007
=57 Brazil 59% 2007
=59 Colombia 58% 2007
=59 Greece 58% 2007
=61 Bahrain 57% 2007
=61 Mauritius 57% 2007
=61 Poland 57% 2007
=64 Lithuania 56% 2007
=64 Latvia 56% 2007
=66 Qatar 54% 2007
=66 Croatia 54% 2007
=68 Hong Kong 51% 2007
=68 Estonia 51% 2007
=68 Saudi Arabia 51% 2007
71 Cyprus 50% 2007
72 Italy 49% 2007
=73 Slovenia 48% 2007
=73 Iceland 48% 2007
Non-religious countries average (profile) 47.54% 2007
75 Malta 46% 2007
NATO countries average (profile) 45.33% 2007
76 Slovakia 45% 2007
77 Puerto Rico 44% 2007
=78 South Korea 43% 2007
=78 Portugal 43% 2007
=78 Spain 43% 2007
=81 France 42% 2007
=81 Hungary 42% 2007
European Union average (profile) 42% 2007
=83 Taiwan 40% 2007
=83 Reunion 40% 2007
Eurozone average (profile) 39.78% 2007
85 Czech Republic 39% 2007
86 Singapore 37% 2007
High income OECD countries average (profile) 35.65% 2007
87 United Arab Emirates 35% 2007
=88 Ireland 34% 2007
=88 South Africa 34% 2007
90 Canada 33% 2007
91 Israel 32% 2007
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 31.43% 2007
92 Norway 29% 2007
=93 Netherlands 28% 2007
=93 Australia 28% 2007
95 Germany 27% 2007
96 United Kingdom 26% 2007
=97 Finland 25% 2007
=97 Denmark 25% 2007
=97 Sweden 25% 2007
=97 Austria 25% 2007
=97 Belgium 25% 2007
=97 Switzerland 25% 2007
103 Japan 23% 2007
104 New Zealand 22% 2007
105 Luxembourg 21% 2007
106 United States 20% 2007

Citation

"Countries Compared by Crime > Software piracy rate. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Fifth Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Software-piracy-rate

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