Software piracy cost 11 billion dollars in 1998: study WASHINGTON, May 25 (AFP) - The global software industry lost 11 billion dollars in 1998 to piracy, according to two studies released here Tuesday. The Business Software Alliance and the Software and Information Industry Association also said that of the 615 million new business software applications installed worldwide last year, 231 million -- or 38 percent -- were pirated. [It's amazing how precise these numbers are. More amazing is that these studies find so much pirated software, yet we never read about law enforcement busting any of these criminals.] It was an increase of 2.5 million more pirated applications compared with 1997. [This is an excellent deception. I call this 'cascading bullshit'. Basing new damage statistics/numbers on previously made up numbers that were also verified. This allows for heft totals, big percentages (if needed), and a great argument.] Overall, losses to the industry came to 11.4 billion dollars in 1997. A spokesman for the Software and Information Industry Association said the slight decline in the value of losses last year reflected lower software prices and a fall in sales in crisis-hit Asian countries. The 10 countries with the highest dollar losses to software piracy were the United States, China, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Brazil, Italy, Canada and Russia. In terms of piracy rates, the study found that 97 percent of business software applications in Vietnam were pirated, followed by China, 95 percent, Indonesia, 92 percent and Russia, 92 percent.