Business Software Alliance (BSA) has commissioned IDC to do an annual survey about software piracy in China as well. The difference between the BSA/IDC and SAIC/Chinalabs.com results is significance. In 2005 there has been a controversy about BSA's statistics (see the Economist article, “BSA or just BS”, about dodgy piracy data, so this year a video of John Gantz, Chief Research Officer of IDC is posted where he explains the methodology for the BSA/IDC Global Software Piracy Study.
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics" (19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli)
- 2005 66 percent (SAIC/Chinalabs.com); 86 percent (BSA/IDC);
- 2006 63 percent (SAIC/Chinalabs.com); 82 percent (BSA/IDC);
- 2007 56 percent (SAIC/Chinalabs.com); 82 percent (BSA/IDC);
- 2008 47 percent (SAIC/Chinalabs.com); 80 percent (BSA/IDC);
- 2009 45 percent (SAIC/Chinalabs.com); 79 percent (BSA/IDC).
Unsurprisingly Chinalabs.com questions BSA's methods. And IP Dragon questions's Chinalabs.com methods. So if you question my methods, please send your comment below.
See the China Daily article here.