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Tuesday, 18 October 2011 11:04

Microsoft and Adobe biggest losers

Written by Nick Farell



Piracy costs the big software outfits $13.5 billion


Microsoft and Adobe Systems are the biggest losers to pirates and counterfeiters in Europe last year. The pair are calling for higher damage payments deter pirates, who often benefit because of insufficient fines.

Warren Weertman, manager of legal affairs for Washington-based Business Software Alliance said that Lump sum damages would act more as a deterrent than having two actuaries fight it out in a costly court case. Weertman claimed that in the EU more than 35 per cent of software deployed on personal computers was pirated in the US this figure is only 20 per cent. He complained to the Times of India that most EU countries do not have statutory damages and right holders are forced to prove actual loss.

Last year, France lost $2.6 billion in pirated software, while Germany lost $2.1 billion, Italy $1.9 billion and the UK $1.8 billion. Bulgaria has the highest rate of software piracy in 2010 at 65 per cent, while Luxembourg had the lowest at 20 per cent. The problem is that Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU and faced with a choice of paying Microsoft or Adobe a year's worth of income to buy the software they are just buying it from a bloke in the Sofia market.

With the high costs, particularly of Adobe products, there is little choice for anyone but the multinationals to run real goods.

Nick Farell

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+3 #1 pogsnet 2011-10-18 12:07
Make the software priced based on regions. Countries have different lifestyles so they should base them on per country basis so piracy can be minimized.
 
 
+5 #2 johndgr 2011-10-18 12:49
These numbers are usually exaggerated. Think more like 1.35 billion than 13.5 billion. Usually people use expensive software because it is just... not expensive in it's pirated version. Also they install software that they don't need just because it is free in it's pirated version and they have plenty of free hard disk space to fill.

Kill piracy tomorrow and for example Microsoft will be selling Windows Ultimate for $19.99 just trying to keep Linux under 50% market share.
 
 
+5 #3 Blizzard 2011-10-18 13:16
Quoting johndgr:
Kill piracy tomorrow and for example Microsoft will be selling Windows Ultimate for $19.99 just trying to keep Linux under 50% market share.

Not in such a hard style, but i got your mind flow and totally agree.
 
 
0 #4 123s 2011-10-18 14:57
Quoting johndgr:
Kill piracy tomorrow and for example Microsoft will be selling Windows Ultimate for $19.99 just trying to keep Linux under 50% market share.
Actually the prices would raise drastically if there would be no piracy. They could sell windows for 1k and people got no alternatives if they want stuff like games on their pc.

People wouldnt go for Linux and rather pay the higher prices. Kinda like Apple fanboys are ready to pay the crazy prices to get Apple because they are used to Apple.
 
 
+3 #5 JAB Creations 2011-10-18 15:22
Quote:
France lost $2.6 billion in pirated software, while Germany lost $2.1 billion, Italy $1.9 billion and the UK $1.8 billion


Because countries are actually corporations...right.
 
 
+2 #6 Bors Mistral 2011-10-18 15:31
Nick, "buying it from a bloke in the Sofia market"? Do you have any idea how crazy the Internet access in that country is? Puts most other places in the world to shame.
 
 
+6 #7 dicobalt 2011-10-18 15:41
The people I know who pirate are people who wouldn't purchase the software anyway. Even if they couldn't get a pirated copy. It's simply too expensive to justify.
 
 
+1 #8 nele 2011-10-18 15:44
Quoting Bors Mistral:
Nick, "buying it from a bloke in the Sofia market"? Do you have any idea how crazy the Internet access in that country is? Puts most other places in the world to shame.


FYI, Nick used to live there...
 
 
+4 #9 Morse 2011-10-18 17:34
oh my heart bleeds for microshit, they pour millions into shitbox 360 and leave pc gamers in the dirt. come on google bring a desktop os and give me a real opportunity to say [censored] you to MS
 
 
+3 #10 123s 2011-10-18 17:58
Quoting Morse:
oh my heart bleeds for microshit, they pour millions into shitbox 360 and leave pc gamers in the dirt. come on google bring a desktop os and give me a real opportunity to say [censored] you to MS
The problem is direct x :S
 

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