The Business Software Alliance (BSA) claimed that global software piracy rose by 43 percent last year, amounting to what it claimed is a loss of $51 billion to the software companies.
The BSA said that the rise in pirated software from the year before was largely down to more PC sales in emerging markets. It claimed that the 43 percent piracy rate meant that for every $100 of legit software sold in 2009, $75 worth of unlicensed software came into the market.
The United States was the goodie two shoes in the world of piracy, with only 20 percent piracy. But the BSA claimed that amounted to $8.4 billion of lost sales last year.
China saw a large increase in the commercial value of pirated software and grew $900 million from 2008 to represent $7.6 billion of lost software sales.
India, Chile and Canada, said the BSA, saw the greatest improvement in reducing software theft, with each of them seeing a three percent decline in piracy rates in 2009. The UK has the sixth lowest piracy rate globally.
The BSA called on governments to help stamp out software theft.
Members include Adobe, Altium, Apple, Autodesk, AVEVA, AVG, Bentley Systems, CA, Cadence, Cisco Systems, CNC/Mastercam, Corel, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, Synopsys, and MathWorks.