57% of computer users use pirated software

Obviously all Myce readers don’t, but 57% of the respondents to a survey conducted by the Business Software Alliance (BSA),  admits that they use pirated software. The commercial value of the market of pirated software climbed from $58.8 billion in 2010 to $63.4 billion in 2011, a new record according to the BSA, propelled by PC shipments to emerging economies where piracy rates are highest.

The people who said they pirate software most frequently were mainly young and male and located in an emerging country. And according to the report they installed 55% more software  on their computers than others. While these are likely people who experiment with software, the report also states that  more and more business decision makers are pirating software, they are best known for using single PC licenses on multiple computers. Some companies even using a single PC license on hundreds of computers.

While it’s likely that there are losses due to software piracy, the report doesn’t mention users installing pirated copies for infrequent use, experimenting or using software they would never ever purchase, read the results yourself here.