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Piracy Survey

There is very little information about piracy. Although everyone acknowledges that piracy is a huge problem, it is a problem that is difficult to address in the absence of any absolute quantitative or qualitative data. Since 2008, IMSTA has tried to get a better picture of the public's attitude and feelings towards piracy by conducting the "Let's Talk Piracy" survey. We have run this survey each year since then asking the same questions and offering the same array of answers. Here are the results and trends as seen since 2008.


1. Have you ever used unlicensed music software?

2. Do you currently use unlicensed music software?

3. Why do some people use pirated music software?

4. Please choose the statement that you most agree with.

5. Using pirated software is the same as using stolen physical products such as a microphone.

6. It is OK to use pirated music software if you buy the same product after you try it.

7. It is OK to share legally purchased music software with colleagues and friends.

8. It is OK to copy music CDs and share the MP3's with friends or with everyone on the internet.

9. If a person cannot afford to buy the desired music software, he/she should:

10. Which software copy protection methods do you prefer?

11. How do cracked software differ from the originals?

12. How quickly do cracked versions appear after the release of a music software program?

13. What possible impact does piracy have on music software companies?

14. It is OK to use pirated music software if you can't afford to buy it.

15. Which one of the following statements do you agree with?

16. It is OK to steal a microphone if you can't afford to buy it.