The cost of piracy
"The cost of piracy according to Redmond"
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According to Microsoft, each dollar lost to software piracy equals $5.50 in lost opportunities. A new white paper released by IDC and funded by the software giant looks at how copyright infringement affects the software ecosystem as a whole, not just how it affects a single corporation.
IDC claims that, if Microsoft were to make back each of those lost dollars, partner companies would gain $4.37 in increased revenues and $1.13 in lower operational costs. That’s assuming, however, that the Business Software Alliance’s estimated losses due to piracy are correct—an assumption that IDC makes in this report, despite having admitted in the past that the numbers are misleading.
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