In emerging markets, some of the big software companies cannot sell their products at “list price” but they want to keep out competition so they tolerate, if not encourage, distribution for $0 via illegal downloads so that reall Free Software such as GNU/Linux is drowned out in the illegal market.
“The United States is the biggest supporter of piracy. There are hundreds of US sites that offer cracked versions of various expensive softwares in a bid to make them popular here. But it is only India that is blamed.”
Illegal copying is just one of the means that non-free software suppresses the distribution of Free Software. It is similar to the tactic of making sure that only non-free software is found on retail shelves. Free Software is not about price but freedom to run, examine, modify and distribute software, something anathema to some big names in the industry of selling licences to software. Because of the four freedoms, Free Software tends to have a low price and purveyors of non-free software treat illegal copying of their software as an advertising cost.