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Report: 48 percent of EU computer users pirate software

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 May 2012 13:59 User comments (4)

Report: 48 percent of EU computer users pirate software According to the latest Business Software Alliance (BSA) report, almost half of the EU uses some pirated software.
The study found that most of the pirates are male, and aged between 25 and 44.

22 percent of those who admitted to piracy said they did it "occasionally" while 26 percent said "rarely."

Says the BSA's report: "The sheer volume of software piracy remains alarming, considering the security risks posed by illegal software and the importance of the industry to the digital economy in the single market."

"The software industry is a major contributor to growth and competitiveness in Europe and reducing piracy would deliver benefits for the European Economy, industry and consumers alike."


Of course, the BSA had some figures to throw in as well, claiming that 33 percent of all software installed last year was unlicensed, with a commercial value of 10.4 billion euro.

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4 user comments

117.5.2012 16:30

I would be interested how they came about their quantitative findings. What was the real demographics (race, religion, etc...). How much of the questionnaire was filled out via bravado. Who of their 'selection' really knows what a pirate is.

There are far to many variables & I doubt there was a means that they could immediately make a standardized form that would seem unbiased or neutral enough that didn't make someone feel like a criminal.

Sounds like this is yet another cultivation for a SIPA or PIPA propaganda farming plot.


217.5.2012 20:09

I believe 1/5 of this article.


Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

326.5.2012 4:43

Originally posted by Mrguss:
I believe 1/5 of this article.
Since I counted 145 words in the article (not counting the headline/title), 1/5 would be 29. So you believe what exactly?

Took me a while, but I rearranged 29 words to come up with this:
Quote:
The report, by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), that says that almost half of the EU are male pirates aged between 25 and 44, is alarming and almost illegal.


Do what you can while its still questionably Legal, before it becomes UNQuestionably ILLegal.
chrialex

426.5.2012 11:38

Originally posted by chrialex:
Took me a while, but I rearranged 29 words to come up with this:
Quote:
The report, by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), that says that almost half of the EU are male pirates aged between 25 and 44, is alarming and almost illegal.

I LIKE IT!

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