Software piracy is a problem for most developers, but Microsoft's CEO has revealed that it's really bad in China.
Slightly misleading title when what it means is "Microsoft's revenue in China is 95 percent less than in the United States." "The Business Software Alliance announced that 78 percent of software installed on PCs in the country last year was pirated. That wounds pretty appalling until you realize that this number is down from the 86 percent reported in 2005." Just imagine the potential market in video games if the government encouraged a more liberal society and enforced legal protections for business.
LOL I'd say the Chinese people are already pretty liberal...they have already taken the liberty to steal software lol. Joking aside, this is funny
@news4geeks eitherway you slice it piracy is just a bad practice.
Not like M$ has to worry about going bankrupt over it.
But its bad when someone pirates Sony stuff right?
I think this refers to bootlegs and counterfeits, why buy Windows legit when the guy down the street sells the same thing for cheap
Piracy steals 100% of Microsoft revenue in Brazil. Here piracy is a normal thing. In EVERY street there is someone selling something pirate.
O went to a market in the Caribbean and all I saw were these guys selling music cds, on rewritable CDS lmao. btw [email protected] ARRRRR
well it makes sence, people in china dont have money to pay for a 200$ software.so they get it for 5$. MS needs to price there software according to what people CAN pay instead of just loosing it all to piracy. hell its better to make 10$ than 0$
Anything the BSA claims is pure bullshit. I'm getting tired of seeing companies use piracy as a scapegoat for their business model failures.
They present numbers that are total rubbish. Do they really think 50% of those who pirate will even opt to buy the product if they had no other choice but to? Nope, they would go with a cheaper alternative or go without.
Business model failure? We are talking about Microsoft here, there business model has hardly failed.Use your brain.
Do what you want cause a pirate is free. you are a pirate
yea people kinda believable i recently ordered crysis 2 from ebay it clearly said CRYSIS 2 LIMITED EDITION PS3 and the bastard send me a bootleg 360 version dam not even a original a dam BOOTLEG thats what i get for trying to save cash remember people if it sounds too good to be true it probably is haha dam pirates thats something i really hate is dam bootleg crap especially movies ugh theres this guy where i live always selling his bootleg crap for 5 bucks a piece its horrible quality worse than vhs in my opinion lousy sound too and then i wonder why do people buy this crap?
As much as I detest piracy, you can't really just have a statement of percentage. Did they show how much software was sold in comparison to the US? You can't say something's on equal grounds on a vague statement. HOWEVER I do agree that things happening in China are just outrageous in terms of piracy/copying. I still remember the outrage of the Gundam statue copy they did a while back, and tried to pass it off as their own. Or the console system knock-offs. On one hand, the situation is legit and bad there, however at the same time it kinda annoys me how some companies have to apparently jam that in paying customer's throats on the whole ordeal, and then those "anti-piracy" actions HURT the legit customers more than the ill-legit ones.
How are you sure that the 95% would buy these games if there was no piracy?????
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