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At a glanceSoftware piracyA free rideMay 14th 2008From The Economist print editionThe $48 billion annual cost of software piracyMANY PC users have saved a bit of cash by running a pirated version of a must-have software program at some point. Such piracy cost technology firms $48 billion last year, up by $8 billion from 2006, according to an annual study published on Wednesday May 14th by the Business Software Alliance, a trade body. Users in rich countries have become a bit more honest (or more scared) in recent years, with rates falling slightly. But this is offset by a big rise in a few poor countries with weaker regulations. In Armenia, the worst offender of the 108 countries surveyed, 93% of software is reckoned to be illegal. America has the lowest piracy rate, at 20%.Software.jpg

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I 4 one am glad piracy is about. These faceless corporations (software companies, record companies, movie companies etc) have been robbing us 4 years. Now they're gettin robbed and they dont like it? SMH.

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The poor companys wont make the extra millions they over charge people now.What a pity.

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The f*ckin record labels have been made stinkingly rich over the last few decades.f*ck them. Cut out the middle man, more power to the artists.If you want to make big money, tour.Madonna left her label and signed a multi million dollar contract with a concert agency.

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