Top 20 Countries for Software Piracy and License Misuse (2017)

[UPDATE: Read our 2018 Report here]

We analyzed aggregated Compliance Intelligence data (the number of unique machines using unpaid software) as of March 2017 to identify the Top 20 countries using pirated or unlicensed software:

RankCountryChange in Rank Since 2015
1China(no change)
2United States↑1
3Iran↑1
4Russia↓2
5India(no change)
6Vietnam(no change)
7Italy↑1
8Germany↓1
9Turkey↑1
10Korea↑4
11Brazil↓2
12France↓1
13United Kingdom↑4
14Indonesia↑1
15Pakistan↑4
16Taiwan↓4
17Ukraine↓4
18Spain(no change)
19Mexico↓3
20Algeria(new)

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

Revulytics 2017 Software Piracy Statistics

 

 

 

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