This would not significantly change the market dynamics though, Linux currently has just 1 percent marketshare so even if piracy magically vanished the use of Linux would increase to just 1.5-1.65 percent if this paper is correct. The paper also suggests that in countries with a higher piracy rate, the adoption of Linux is lower.
The research stated that if piracy increased by one percent in a typical country (based on data of 104 countries sourced by Net Applications), Linux would lose around 0.5% of its total market share. The explanation given for this phenomena is that poorer individuals are more likely to demand free-of-charge alternatives to expensive software - if a pirated copy of Windows is accessible then people tend to opt for it, over Linux. However, if piracy is less prevalent in a country users are more likely to pick a legally free alternative, namely Linux.Via:< a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/piracy-could-be-helping-windows-marketshare" target="_blank">Neowin