The level of piracy in Russia is shrinking amid global crisis

The level of piracy in Russia is shrinking amid global crisis

International Association of Software Developers (BSA) in cooperation with the research group IDC announced the results of the seventh annual survey of the level of software piracy. It was found that from 2008 to 2009 the number of installations of unlicensed software on personal computers in decreased 1% and amounted to 67%. Commercial value of illegally used software is 2.619 billion U.S. dollars.


Despite the global economic recession, the level of software piracy dropped in most countries surveyed. According to the report, the reduction was registered in 54 countries, while 19 markets software piracy rate increased. However, the overall level of piracy in the world increased from 41% to 43%, mainly due to the rapid increase of China, India and Brazil in the global software market.

According to IDC, for every $ 100 of legitimate software sales in 2009 accounted for another $ 75 Pirated Software. Reducing software piracy can provide significant economic benefits. Joint Research BSA / IDC in 2008 economic impact of reducing software piracy has shown that reduction of software piracy by ten points over four years would create 12 484 new high-paying jobs, increase the amount of tax revenue to 355 million dollars, as well as contributing to the economic development and competitiveness. In fact, the study found that for every dollar of software sold legally accounted for another 3-4 dollars of revenue for local service providers and distributors. In addition, as a result of software piracy increases the threat of computer security, as often pirated software contains malware.

In addition to the efforts of industry players and government measures aimed at developing mechanisms to protect copyright online programs to educate people about the benefits of legal products and risks of using unlicensed software in Russia is actively developing law enforcement practice in matters of copyright and related rights. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation from January to December 2009 police found 7,261 offenses related to infringements of copyright and related rights, 5669 investigating crimes, of which 3,430 cases were sent to court.

Among other key findings of the study:
  • The level of software piracy dropped in 54 countries of the 111 study participants, but the global piracy rate rose from 41% in 2008 to 43% in 2009, mainly due to a significant increase in installations of software in emerging economies.
  • Commercial value of pirated software in 2009 amounted to 51.4 billion U.S. dollars.
  • In the United States, Japan and Luxembourg still remains the lowest piracy rate in the world among all study participants (respectively 20%, 21% and 21%).
  • Among the countries with the highest piracy includes Georgia, Zimbabwe and Moldova (piracy in these countries exceeds 90%).
  • Measures that reduce its piracy include the legalization program, conducted holders, government and industry education campaign of law enforcement, and technological changes, such as introduction of means of copyright protection (DRM, digital rights management) and increased use of software asset management systems in enterprises (SAM, software asset management).
  • Factors contributing to the development of piracy include the rapid development of consumer PCs, as well as improving technological literacy software pirates and cyber criminals.
  • The level of software piracy in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) was 71%, which is 2% lower than in 2008, with the highest level of software piracy accounted for China (79%) and the lowest & ndash-on Brazil (56%).