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Chief Research Officer at the IDC, John Gantz, explained the methodology used to obtain the numbers in a video published on the BSA website.
In his explanation, Gantz confirmed that the commercial value of the pirated software is obtained by multiplying an average system price with the number of pirated units installed as determined by their survey and extrapolations. No mention is made of those who would simply not use the software if the option to pirate wasn't available to them.
Also, 76.32% of all statistics are made up on the spot and 97.34% of all articles mentioning the BSA are tedious.(BSA) said that ten point drop in South Africa's piracy rate from 35% to 25% would result in 1650 new high tech jobs and R9 billion in “new economic activity.”
Not that the politicians voting on the bill will notice.Job creation is far fetched in this article.
While I must concede that the jabs about the self-funded study are funny, one has to give the IDC the benefit of the doubt, I think. If they fudged the numbers in any way (and it comes out) their reputation as an independent research firm would be ruined.
Explanations of their methodology is available in quite a bit of detail online (http://www.bsa.org/globalstudy - link didn't work when I tested it just now, but that's where it is supposed to be). That said, I'm sure there will be many questions about their methodology for those who choose to delve a little deeper into the BSA's study.
For instance, here's something from a previous article I did on the topic (http://mybroadband.co.za/news/softw...t-the-economy-Scare-tactics-massive-loss.html - linked to in the latest article as well)
Uhm, why use proprietery software.... what is wrong with *nix stuff... its free, more importantly it works and is secure.