The Software & Information Industry Association today released its 2006 AntiPiracy Year in Review, profiling the typical organization reported, the demographics of those who report software piracy and some of the notorious software piracy criminals imprisoned in 2006.
The largest states, naturally, are home to the largest number of piracy cases -- California leads with 28% and Texas follows with 11% and Georgia with 9%. These three states reached nearly half of all reports -- 48%. Illinois and Massachusetts each represent about 7% of the total cases, with New York, North Carolina, Colorado, New Jersey and Maryland all providing 4% of cases.
The largest number of software titles pirated fall in the creative and productivity categories -- word processing, office suites, report design, web design, etc. -- the software used most often in businesses, while the largest shares belong to media management, CAD and creative titles.
SIIA's Reward Program -- up to $1,000,000 for verifiable reports of corporate piracy -- is available to those who report piracy that is proven and settled. In 2006, SIIA paid a total of $78,500 to seventeen sources who reported software piracy. The average reward was $4,618.