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PC Software Piracy Level Drops to 68% in India
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In India the PC software piracy level registered 68% in 2008, a one point drop from 69% in 2007. However dollar losses caused by software piracy continued to increase, rising to $2.7 billion in 2008 compared to losses of $2 billion in 2007, as per the sixth annual BSA-IDC Global Software Piracy Study.

The study was conducted by IDC, the information technology (IT) industry's global market research and forecasting firm.

In 2008, the rate of PC software piracy dropped slightly more than half (57) off the 110 countries studied, remained the same in nearly one third (36), and rose in just 16. However, the worldwide PC software piracy rate rose for the second year in a row, from 38% to 41%, mainly because PC shipments grew fastest in high-piracy countries such as China and India, overwhelming progress in these and other countries.


In another sign of the scale of the problem, the monetary value of losses to the software industry from PC software piracy broke the $50 billion level for the first time. Worldwide losses grew by 11% to $53 billion in non-adjusted dollars, although half of that growth was the result of the falling US dollar. Excluding the effect of exchange rates, losses grew by 5% to $50.2 billion.

Software piracy affects much more than just the global software industry. For example, for every $1 of software sold in a country, there is another $3 to $4 of revenues for local IT service and distribution firms. A 2008 IDC study predicted that lowering PC software piracy by 10 points over four years would create 600,000 additional new jobs worldwide. That projection has been confirmed by actual experience in China and Russia, said the study.

Software piracy also lowers tax revenues at a time of increased pressure on governments to provide essential services. According to the 2008 study noted above, reducing piracy by 10 points would generate $24 billion in higher government revenues without a tax increase.

According to an economic impact study of software piracy conducted and published by IDC last year, in India, reducing software piracy by ten percentage points over a four year period could generate an additional 43,000 new jobs, $3.1 billion in economic growth, and $200 million in tax revenues. There was further good news for local vendors, where the study also predicted an additional $2.7 billion in revenues to local vendors alone.

Keshav Dhakad, chairman of the BSA India Committee said, "Software piracy levels in India are witnessing a regular decline, and this can be attributed to the various intellectual property (IP) awareness efforts being driven by governments, industry and the judiciary.

However, as the size of the Indian PC market grows, the impact of software piracy on the local economy continues to increase, with 2008 seeing a 35% increases in losses amounting to $2.7 billion. This is a direct threat to the competitiveness of the Indian IT industry, the country s ability to attract new investments, innovation and the creation of job opportunities. Though the Indian domestic software industry has the potential to realize tremendous growth, it continues to be challenged by high software piracy rates.

We are hopeful that the new government, together with the state governments, will take positive steps in driving anti-piracy initiatives, such as the formation of a national anti-piracy taskforce, the setting up of special IP courts, the promotion of IP rights and the training of enforcement officials," said Dhakad.

Som Mittal, president, Nasscom, said, "It is encouraging to see a gradual decline in the software piracy rate in India, as reflected in the 6th BSA - IDC Global Software Piracy study, where the rate fell 6 percentage points in 5 years. Although, software piracy in India should be brought down at a faster pace, a slow and gradual decline is also indicative of the positive efforts taken by the government, industry and judiciary in helping raise awareness and supporting the fight against software piracy".
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If most of the use full softwares created as freeware means than no need for piracy

As Linux OS decreased the some amount of Windows Piracy ....

So more open source softwares needed.... :phone:
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