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BSA: Industries with Highest Reports of Software Piracy in U.S.

May 29, 2009

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The Business Software Alliance (BSA) reported the top 10 U.S. Industries with the highest reports of software piracy yesterday:

"The Top 10 industries most cited in confidential software piracy reports to BSA by actual informants in 2008 were:"

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Sales/Distribution
  3. Service (general category)
  4. Financial Services
  5. Software Development
  6. IT Consulting
  7. Medical
  8. Engineering
  9. School/Education
  10. Consulting

This list is based on actual reports received by the BSA of infringements in the United States - not a survey. It still surprises me when I hear software vendors say that piracy "isn't a big problem" for them and that infringing companies "wouldn't pay for the software anyway."

If manufacturing is the #1 infringing industry in the United States (and they use high value software to design, test and build their products), it seems that software vendors really need to determine the true scope of their piracy problem and identify the businesses they can recover revenue from.

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Michael Goff

Post written by Michael Goff

Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.