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Crime > Software piracy rate: Countries Compared

Author: 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 ArmeniaArmenia 93% 2007
2 BangladeshBangladesh 92% 2007
3 MoldovaMoldova 92% 2007
4 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 92% 2007
5 ZimbabweZimbabwe 91% 2007
6 Sri LankaSri Lanka 90% 2007
7 YemenYemen 89% 2007
8 LibyaLibya 88% 2007
9 VenezuelaVenezuela 87% 2007
10 VietnamVietnam 85% 2007
11 IraqIraq 85% 2007
12 CameroonCameroon 84% 2007
13 IndonesiaIndonesia 84% 2007
14 PakistanPakistan 84% 2007
15 AlgeriaAlgeria 84% 2007
16 UkraineUkraine 83% 2007
17 NigeriaNigeria 82% 2007
18 ParaguayParaguay 82% 2007
19 BotswanaBotswana 82% 2007
20 BoliviaBolivia 82% 2007
21 ChinaChina 82% 2007
22 ZambiaZambia 82% 2007
23 El SalvadorEl Salvador 81% 2007
24 KenyaKenya 81% 2007
25 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire 81% 2007
26 SenegalSenegal 80% 2007
27 GuatemalaGuatemala 80% 2007
28 NicaraguaNicaragua 80% 2007
29 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 79% 2007
30 KazakhstanKazakhstan 79% 2007
31 ThailandThailand 78% 2007
32 AlbaniaAlbania 78% 2007
33 Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ 76% 2007
34 TunisiaTunisia 76% 2007
35 PanamaPanama 74% 2007
36 ArgentinaArgentina 74% 2007
37 HondurasHonduras 74% 2007
38 LebanonLebanon 73% 2007
39 RussiaRussia 73% 2007
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 73% 2007
40 PeruPeru 71% 2007
OPEC countries averageOPEC countries average 69.78% 2007
41 PhilippinesPhilippines 69% 2007
42 IndiaIndia 69% 2007
43 UruguayUruguay 69% 2007
44 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ 68% 2007
45 BulgariaBulgaria 68% 2007
46 RomaniaRomania 68% 2007
47 MoroccoMorocco 67% 2007
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 66.16% 2007
48 EcuadorEcuador 66% 2007
49 ChileChile 66% 2007
50 TurkeyTurkey 65% 2007
Middle Eastern and North Africa averageMiddle Eastern and North Africa average 64.62% 2007
51 KuwaitKuwait 62% 2007
52 Costa RicaCosta Rica 61% 2007
53 MexicoMexico 61% 2007
54 OmanOman 61% 2007
55 JordanJordan 60% 2007
56 EgyptEgypt 60% 2007
57 MalaysiaMalaysia 59% 2007
58 BrazilBrazil 59% 2007
59 ColombiaColombia 58% 2007
60 GreeceGreece 58% 2007
61 BahrainBahrain 57% 2007
62 MauritiusMauritius 57% 2007
63 PolandPoland 57% 2007
64 LithuaniaLithuania 56% 2007
65 LatviaLatvia 56% 2007
66 QatarQatar 54% 2007
67 CroatiaCroatia 54% 2007
68 Hong KongHong Kong 51% 2007
69 EstoniaEstonia 51% 2007
70 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 51% 2007
71 CyprusCyprus 50% 2007
72 ItalyItaly 49% 2007
73 SloveniaSlovenia 48% 2007
74 IcelandIceland 48% 2007
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 47.54% 2007
75 MaltaMalta 46% 2007
NATO countries averageNATO average 45.33% 2007
76 SlovakiaSlovakia 45% 2007
77 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico 44% 2007
78 South KoreaSouth Korea 43% 2007
79 PortugalPortugal 43% 2007
80 SpainSpain 43% 2007
81 FranceFrance 42% 2007
82 HungaryHungary 42% 2007
European Union averageEuropean Union average 42% 2007
83 TaiwanTaiwan 40% 2007
84 ReunionReunion 40% 2007
Eurozone averageEurozone average 39.78% 2007
85 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 39% 2007
86 SingaporeSingapore 37% 2007
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 35.65% 2007
87 United Arab EmiratesUAE 35% 2007
88 IrelandIreland 34% 2007
89 South AfricaSouth Africa 34% 2007
90 CanadaCanada 33% 2007
91 IsraelIsrael 32% 2007
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 31.43% 2007
92 NorwayNorway 29% 2007
93 NetherlandsNetherlands 28% 2007
94 AustraliaAustralia 28% 2007
95 GermanyGermany 27% 2007
96 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 26% 2007
97 FinlandFinland 25% 2007
98 DenmarkDenmark 25% 2007
99 SwedenSweden 25% 2007
100 AustriaAustria 25% 2007
101 BelgiumBelgium 25% 2007
102 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 25% 2007
103 JapanJapan 23% 2007
104 New ZealandNew Zealand 22% 2007
105 LuxembourgLuxembourg 21% 2007
106 United StatesUnited States 20% 2007

Citation

"All countries compared for Crime > Software piracy rate", 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

Crime > Software piracy rate: Countries Compared Map

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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.

Posted on 10 Dec 2013

Luke Metcalfe, Founder, NationMaster

Luke Metcalfe, Founder, NationMaster

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Don't forget the average income of the people of the countries at the top of the list...

You can't expect people with like 200 usd or less monthly income to pay 60 usd for a game or thousands for the adobe suits.

One of the solutions to decrease piracy would be making the prices of software proportional to the average salary's of each country:

It's better sell a game for 6 usd in a country where people make 1/10 of the us salary than nothing.

Posted on 16 Feb 2013

Ruben

Ruben

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The MAIN reason that there is even software piracy is because the big commercial software companies do "everything" within their powers to TOTALLY SUPPRESS the dissemination of information about ALL the FREE software available that does almost the same tasks as their high costing commercial software:

For Example: http://drbray.blogspot.com/2011/10/necessary-freeware.html

If sites like this were disseminated all around the world and translated into many languages, then one would see the piracy of software DECREASE by a huge factor!

Posted on 07 Jun 2012

ewbray

ewbray

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Man, alot of you guys don't seem to understand this information. It's the proportion of software being used which is pirated. Nothing to do with any movies, music, ebooks, etc.

20% of software in the USA being pirate copies, is a projected loss of $8,040,000,000. 93% of software in Armenia being pirate copies is a projected loss of only $8,000,000. The countries at the top have far less people who actually use software, and like a few have mentioned, not such strict copyright laws.

Posted on 26 Jan 2012

Bevan

Bevan

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Nigerians, Indians and Chinese in Botswana are the ones pirating, they own internet cafes and sell pirated software. Batswana are not good when it comes to technology.

Posted on 23 Sep 2011

Tansiri

Tansiri

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I support pirates because i feel that there is no other way to get rid of monopoly. If there would be no piray believe me you you will end up paying your loan emi for years. Also, forget about development of human being because it always depend upon source of knowledge.

Posted on 24 Jul 2011

Shobhitkv

Shobhitkv

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If mega companies don't want their stuff jak'd then why don't they just make their software completely untouchable without the money first I mean seriously it doesn't make any sense. I put a lock on my door maybe they should to.

Posted on 29 Apr 2011

That Guy

That Guy

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America is last because we are just about the only country that doesn't use Piracy as a common source of income combined with lack of laws against it. In China almost exact copies of media are sold openly on the street for a tenth of what we pay for them in America. Same thing in Mexico but are clearly just copies. If we did this in the USA, we would almost immediately be prosecuted for it. Also American companies make most media in the world and its just too hard to file suit internationally so there's less to fear doing it in other countries.

Posted on 13 Feb 2011

Caveman

Caveman

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The whole reason why stats like these are being made, is for all the companies that make software, to keep high prices or even increase them, as a false reimbursement for all the piracy that happens to them.

Posted on 03 Jan 2011

Thomas

Thomas

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100% of softwares in Iran is pirated, everyone is using windows 7 ultimate , adobe CS5 series, office 2010, SQL Server 2008, VS2010 Ultimate and so on . . . .

Posted on 29 Sep 2010

Saeed

Saeed

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I live in South Africa and we have the higher rate of piracy rate in our schools. 90% of our schools use pirated copies of MS Windows. 2% of schools use open source software such as Linux, Free BSD etc. But i doubt America is at the bottom...i strongly doubt and lightly disagree.

unloca.co.za

Posted on 23 Sep 2010

Lulameke Mabunda

Lulameke Mabunda

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Bangladesh is joint second. Congratulations!!

Posted on 03 Jun 2010

Bangladeshi

Bangladeshi

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The only way to track these stats is to become the file sharing industry and slowly make it profitable. Why do you think it is still so easy to download and use file sharing programs?- Someone wants you to. they are simply using the medium to mold a new business model.

Posted on 30 Nov 2009

How

How

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How are they supposed to get these numbers? Do people just call in and say that they pirated software. BULL! Nobody is going to admit it. These people would have to go to every computer in the world and check every piece of software as it is installed. I am not saying that piracy does not happen. I'm saying that there is no way for them to know how much it happens.

Posted on 18 Oct 2009

Mike

Mike

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It's not that software companies leave themselves open, it's quite the opposite. It's the fact that someone is bound to inevitably come along and bypass the 'protection' the company implemented.

Software companies do not want to hassle their customers with ultra tight security. Otherwise they would lose business. So they try to compromise by implementing things such as SecuRom and product keys and what not. But unfortunately, someone, for some reason unbeknownst to me, decides to bypass it and shares it with everyone. Probably so he or she can get a moment of fame.

Posted on 15 Oct 2009

Guy

Guy

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GROUPAMA (a large French insurer) was caught in a $200m PIRACY case where it used "bank secrecy" to ask Police not to investigate its computers...

The fun part of the story is that the (Paris) General Prosecuter found no infraction in this (illegal) agreement!

See the whole story on:

http://remoteanything.com/archives/groupama.pdf

Posted on 19 Oct 2009

Pi

Pi

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Im researching software piracy for a college course and can not figure out why a company would leave themselves open for their software to be stolen in the first place. Sure we think just because we can find the software on the computer its okay to down load it (No one will Know) but where has our concious gone don't we as humans know right from wrong stealing is stealing.

Posted on 20 Aug 2009

Darci

Darci

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I totally agree with Sam (10th June, 2009). Downloading software is probably the most common and easiest way to pirate. And where do people download from? Rapidshare, easy upload, mega upload and the likes. And where are the servers of these sites located?

You guessed right.

Posted on 24 Jul 2009

Akin

Akin

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Factors that can contribute to differences in software piracy include: software prices relative to income, the strength of intellectual property protection and cultural attitudes. The countries with the lower piracy rates also tend to be strong producers of intellectual property, and vice versa.


There is a strong push by developed nations (who are strong producers of intellectual property) to force developing nations to improve their enforcement of intellectual property rights, despite the fact that they themselves were slow to adopt strong protection of intellectual property during their own development phase. US industry has estimated it loses between US$200-250 billion annually due to copyright infringement around the world, and the Bush Administration has listed 14 countries which need to improve protection of intellectual property or face US trade sanctions -- the countries are Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey and Venezuela. Israel stands out on this list by having a software piracy rate of only 35%, the same as Canada and slightly more than half the software piracy rate of Brazil, with the next lowest software piracy rate at 61%.


However, developing countries claim they need access to knowledge, and developed countries will need to yield some ground to make it worthwhile for developing nations to increase protection of intellectual property. During discussions held by the World Intellectual Property Organization on this topic, India's representatives said "For developing countries to benefit from providing IP protection to rights holders based in developed countries, there has to be some obligation on the part of developed countries to transfer and disseminate technologies to developing countries."

Posted on 01 May 2005

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