Number of intellectual property violations in Jordan in 2012.
In a 2012 investigation conducted by Microsoft, the company purchased 169 PCs from retail stores in China. Every single PC purchased was installed with pirated Windows software. In addition, 91 percent of the computers were installed with malware or other types of security vulnerabilities. Source: Michael Kan, “Microsoft: Most PCs running pirated Windows in China… Continue reading Pirated Software and Malware in China
Computer Software Maker Adobe reported to the media that there were 55 million pirated activations of its popular photo-editing software Photoshop in 2012. The head of its anti-piracy unit also stated that the company tracked up to 6,000 illegal activations per day of pirated copies of Photoshop that were 7 years old.
According to media reports, a pirated copy of Microsoft Office Software is available for purchase on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand for about $9.70 (300 Thai Baht). A legitimate version of Microsoft Office would cost $200.
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines stated that the software piracy rate in the Philippines was 70 percent in 2011. Between 2008 to 2010, the rate of software piracy in the country was 69 percent.
In a May 2012 report, search engine company Google reported that it takes down over 1 million links to websites selling counterfeit goods and pirated materials a month. The 250,000 links taken down in an individual week in 2012 is more than the total number of links taken down in 2009.
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) reported in its Global Software Piracy Study that $63 Billion was lost to pirated software around the world in 2011.The amount lost to software piracy in 2011 was higher than the $58 Billion reported in 2010.
Up to 90 percent of all digital content provided to users on the Internet in Vietnam is pirated. The content includes music, movies, software and mobile phone apps.
According to the United States Ambassador to China, sales of legitimate software is higher in Vietnam than in China, despite China having over 15 times the population of China. Software piracy is believed to be the cause for the low level of sales in China, with an estimated 78 percent of all software installed on PCs in the country being pirated copies.
A report published by the United States Department of Justice stated that $2.6 Billion in Federal, state and local taxes are lost due to movie, music, software and video game piracy each year. The pirated materials also causes the loss of 373,375 jobs within the country.