The Huffington Post singles out six states that are the worst about software piracy:

According to a new report released by anti-piracy organization Business Software Alliance, only six states were responsible for nearly half of all software piracy incidents reported in the United States in 2010. {…}

Which states were the biggest offenders?

BSA pointed a finger at California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois and Michigan. As much as 49.3 percent of unlicensed software is believed to have originated in these states.

Nearly fifty percent. That sounds shocking until you look at the states. With the exception of Michigan, what do the other five have in common? In fact, they’re the five largest states in the country (Michigan is 8th). And if you add up the populations of those states, you get 40% of the country. They’re also the states with the largest economies. So it’s not exactly surprising that they would have 20% outsized share of software piracy.


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Will Truman (trumwill) is a southern transplant in the mountain east with an IT background who bides his time taking care of their daughter while his wife brings home the bacon. You will probably be relieved to know that he does not generally refer to himself in the third-person except when he's writing short bios on his web page.

One Response to Pirate Havens: Fun With Numbers

  1. Mike Hunt says:

    This is like the HR Director who is concerned that so many sick days are on Mondays and Fridays. The total? 40 percent…

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