83% of Computers in Pakistan Use Unlicensed Software: Report

Due to the sale of pirated computer software, companies lose billions of dollars due to misuse of licensing or from the distribution of pirated computer programs.

The Spectator Index has ranked Pakistan third on the list of the countries using most unlicensed software in the world.

The list is based on the data collected from the BSA, The Software Alliance.


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As per the report, 83% of computers in Pakistan use unlicensed software. The study puts Latin American country Venezuela at the top spot.

It states that 89% of computers in Venezuela use unauthorized programs, while Indonesia comes second in the ranking with 83% pirated software.

The list places African country Nigeria just next to Pakistan on the fourth spot with 80% and Vietnam on 5th with the score of 74%.


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Other countries on the list are China (66%), Russia (62%), Egypt (59%), India ( 56%), Turkey (56%), Saudi Arabia (47%), Brazil (43%), Italy (43%), France (32%), UK (21%), Canada (22%) and Germany (20%).

Japan and the US remain countries with least use of pirated or unlicensed software programs in the world having 16 and 15 percent of such computers, respectively.


    • ever wonder what is the meaning of theft?
      after that think theft is a sin and than wonder whats the punishment of theft in islam.

      yes i still use some counterfeit products but they are almost came down to just 1.

      • Bhai, We Don’t have Enough amount to Buy 10K Windows 10 & Pay 25K For Office 365 Only for One PC & In Pakistan 99% Home User 70% Office User are using Crack Software from childhood.

        Aur Koi Option Nahi Hai : Market Main Yahi Mill Raha hai Hukumat Ne Pabandi Bhi Nahi Lagayi

        • q nahi hai?

          Linux hai na, 100% Free and Libre Office 100% Free, every software have alternative open source solution, you just need to search!

          • Yeah U R Right
            Sare Institute MS OFFICE / Bill Gates K Product Pe Tranning Dete hai :
            Aur Dusri BAT Jo Features Bill Gates K Product Main Wo Kisi Aur Main Kaha So Alternet Bohat hai But Hum Consider Bill Gates PE Karenge

        • bhai, saaree galat kaam kernee walee yahi boltee heen. atleast accept that you are doing wrong and try to minimize it.
          lot of open source is available, reason im down to just one.

            • because i know i have done something for so many years which is wrong, atleast tell yourself and have this much in yourself to say wtong or right you’ve been doing.
              saying nithing or bragging about is absolutely wrong

  • Using genuine software for commercial use, is understood as they are making money using that application, so it must be paid for, but for home users, no one cares, because if they started penalizing pirated software and start blocking it, people will simply switch to open source (plenty of open source applications can do almost every work at lower level than a paid application can, LibreOffice, DaVinci resolve, photoscape etc), those using pirated to learn/upgrade skills at home, will enter industry with experience on open source rather than commercial applications, where software companies makes most of their money from corporate licensing, who would buy their products if new incoming human resource is experienced on open source, so they don’t bother and will keep letting pirated software to be used at least at student/home level.

  • Now a days using cracked software is very dangerous, crackers add malware to it and exploit your computer.
    I found many scripts in windows 10 cracked version which are using CPU power, syncing data, and bitcoin mining scripts.

    • And if you use pirated software on computers where you do online transactions, use cloud services, Internet banking, email and other accounts you are inviting devil at your door.


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