- Piracy rates increased in 19 global economies, up from 16 in 2008.
- The factors driving up the global piracy rate include growth in the consumer PC base and in emerging markets — both segments with high piracy rates.
- Globally, PC shipments to consumers rose 17% in 2009, while shipments to businesses, governments and schools dropped 15%.
- The PC markets in Brazil, India and China accounted for 86% of the growth in PC shipments worldwide.
- For every dollar of legitimate software sold, another $3 to $4 in revenue is created for local firms.
- China saw the largest increase in the commercial value of pirated software of any country — growing $900 million to $7.6 billion.
- India, Chile and Canada saw the greatest improvement in reducing software theft, with each achieving a 3 percentage point decline in their piracy rates in 2009.
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