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

March 21, 2017


[UPDATE: Read our 2018 Report here]

We analyzed aggregated Revulytics 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: 

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