Things changed radically since the day Bill Gates published his letter. As of 2008, worldwide software industry is estimated to cost 303.8 billion USD, according to market researcher DataMonitor. Computers are became personal and gained mainstream worldwide recognition. Software is being successfully sold in shops and online, ordinary people who are far from IT, purchase and use it in their everyday lives.
Piracy though still exist and is unlikely to stop anytime soon. Software can be bought… or downloaded illegally and used at no cost. In some countries, like Ukraine, Vietnam, Russia, piracy flourishes, while elsewhere, like in Europe, people have more tendency to buy legitimate copies and reward manufacturers for their hard and valuable work, than to steal it like thieves, by downloading it from some not-so-trustworthy sites and using it for free, facing various risks.