According to the BSA (Business Software Alliance) Seventh Annual Global Software Piracy Study, thirty-six percent of the software installed on computers worldwide was pirated in 2003, representing a loss of nearly $29 billion.
The study, conducted for the first time by global technology research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), incorporated major software market segments including operating systems, consumer software and local market software.
The study found that while $80 billion in software was installed on computers worldwide last year, only $51 billion was legally purchased.
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The Business Software Alliance is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. BSA is the voice of the world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members represent the fastest growing industry in the world. BSA educates consumers on software management and copyright protection, cyber security, trade, e-commerce and other Internet-related issues.