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Drilling down into the data reveals some interesting observations:
- The United States rose to #2 on our list, but the actual commercial value of unlicensed software in the U.S. ($9,095M) is higher than China (#1 with a commercial value of $8,657M) according to the BSA’s 2016 Global Software Survey.
- Five EU countries are represented in the Top 20 (with two in the Top 10)
- North America and the EU represent strong opportunities to convert unlicensed use to paying customers
- All BRIC countries are represented in the Top 20
- Iran’s move up to #3 is likely the result of easing of sanctions in January 2016 and the appearance of new Iran-based piracy portals in 2016
- Russia’s move down to #4 suggests an impact of President Vladimir Putin’s calls for more digital sovereignty