Business Software Alliance, “Shadow Market: 2011 BSA Global Software Piracy Study” (2012)
China’s illegal software market was $9 billion in 2011 out of a total market of nearly $12 billion; an astonishing piracy rate of 77%. Chinese PC owners spend less than a quarter of the amount of other BRIC countries on software and a mere 7% of U.S. software spending. The BSA study suggests that the problem is only expected to get worse. Emerging markets—the key origins of pirated software—took in 56% of new PC deliveries in 2011.