Microsoft CEO visits Vietnam to cement anti-piracy deal

After an agreement was signed requiring all of Vietnam's government offices to use licensed computer software, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he sees "a prosperous future ahead for Vietnam, and the country is doing the right things by looking now at how it can foster a healthy local software ecosystem, which will help open up this market to the rest of the world." The software piracy rate in Vietnam is about 90%, one of the highest in the world, according to piracy watchdog group U.S.-based Business Software Alliance. A version of Microsoft Windows can be bought on the street for as little as 50 U.S. cents. The Business Software Alliance hails the licensing agreement saying it demonstrates how the government is serious about protecting intellectual property rights and reducing piracy.

News source: Sydney Morning Herald

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GDP Chart for countries
Rank Countries GDP (millions of USD)

1 United States 13,244,550
5 United Kingdom 2,373,685
8 Canada 1,269,096
13 India 886,867
22 Republic of China (Taiwan) 355,708
58 Vietnam 60,995


Median household yearly income for countries (Top ten)

United States $46,000 USD
United Kingdom $39,000 USD
Canada $43,000 USD
other countries not in chart.


US States economy output as compared to Entire countries of world.

Windows Vista Home Basic English Intl DVD 238 US Dollar ( vietnam )

How do they expect piracy rate to be same as compare to US of A? From which angle do they do this? I can understand about business, but how can they expect household data to match and compare to USA?

Source:- wikipedia,, pricing.