The Business Software Alliance claims that half of the PCs running in the world are running on pirated software.
The trade body commissioned Ipsos Public Affairs for the report, which conducted interviews from 15,000 people residing in 32 countries.
According to an article on The Register, the report found that software piracy happens most in developing nations, where people install single license software on multiple systems or download them from peer-to-peer platforms.
China is where most software piracy occurs followed by Nigeria, Vietnam, Ukraine, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
"It took hundreds of millions of thieves to steal $59bn worth of software last year. Now we have a better understanding of what they're thinking," said BSA president and CEO, Robert Holleyman.
"The evidence is clear: the way to lower software piracy is by educating businesses and individuals about what is legal – and ramping up enforcement of intellectual property laws to send clearer deterrent signals to the marketplace," he added.
Here in the UK, only 30 percent of those interviewed admitted to using pirated business software on their systems.