"Technology trade groups the Business Software Alliance and the
Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) estimate
about 25 percent of business software used in the United States is
pirated. Worldwide, the rate jumps to 36 percent, but in some of
the most important growth markets, the rate is much higher."
"In China, for example, more than 90 percent of software is
pirated. In some smaller markets, such as Vietnam, the piracy rate
jumps to 98 percent."
"If you have factories in China ripping off Microsoft
product, clearly this is a problem," Lucier said. "You have the
Chinese government saying Windows is the tool of American
imperialism and saying, 'We want our world to run on Red Flag
Linux.' That's a serious problem for Microsoft."