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I believe that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) pay hackers to attack these sites from time to time to slow down downloading of their copyrighted material.
You are 100% correct, but i would like to add that Microsoft is the elephant in the room here.
Well to answer your first question, the rate of piracy varies in different regions of world. For example, Steve Balmer once met Chinese president in concern of piracy. The ratio of licensed windows to pirated windows in china is 1:9. Every one out of ten PC in China uses genuine user. That's way too high.! Indonesia is considered to be 2nd on the list with 86% pirated windows users, followed by India with a piracy rate of 63% while United States has least piracy rate of 19%. If we consider the global scenario, the piracy rate is 57%. Now, about your second question: Why Microsoft does not take any action about it? First of all, Microsoft Corp. estimates it lost about $14 billion last year to software piracy. However, it is one of the major strategies of the company. They believe that the first dose is free and as you'll get addicted to it, you'll end up buying it in near future. Bill Gates on Piracy: "They'll get addicted, and then we'll collect"