A third of software downloaded on the world's PCs is unlicensed, and it's costing the industry $46 billion
Today, most of the software people download to their personal computers, whether it's for work (sales tracking, for example) or for home (productivity or personal finance tools), is expensive.
That, combined with the fact that users are able to easily find free versions and bypass payments, makes it no surprise that more than a third of all software installed on PCs globally is unlicensed, or an unauthorized copy of licensed software.More specifically, 37% - or $46 billion worth - of all software on PCs is unlicensed, according to a study by BSA, the software alliance. As this chart from Statista shows, that number is going down with every passing year, but the dollar amount is still significant.
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