Software Piracy Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… Some types of shareware cost only $5. If you copy it without paying for it, you're a software pirate. Still, this type of thing is far less serious than stealing advanced software that somebody's trying to sell for $100 million. Freeware is free software, so it can't be stolen. The programmer or developer intends it to be a gift. Copy it freely and don't worry about it.

Theories/Speculation and Resolution to Certainty
Software piracy isn't something that you want to engage in, if you really think about it. Why? Consider all the opinions in the software industry. Steve Jobs is against software piracy. Bill Gates is against it. the Association for Computing Machinery has come out against it. Even Steve Wozniak disdains it.

Unclear Areas of the Law
As usual, gray areas in the law exist. You visit a website after a Google search on "free software." The website indicates that free software is available, and that you pay only $9.95 for it. That's weird, but some websites are like that. You download it and don't worry about it. That's a lot different from the guy who buys software in a store, sells five million illegal copies of it and heads for Antwerp when you try to sue
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don't enslave somebody by stealing their software. You pay for houses. You pay for cars. Pay for software. If it's too expensive, buy shareware. Alternatively, have some fun and learn to program. Write the software. Or, just do things the easy way and find some freeware.


History of Software Piracy

Stealing copyrighted software and entertainment media has never been easier. The advent of file-sharing programs like Bit Torrent and Napster makes acquiring expensive programs for free as easy as clicking a button and subscribing to a high-speed Internet service. Belief that software piracy evolved recently is a common misconception; people have stolen software for years

What Constitutes Software Piracy
Several court cases have questioned what constitutes pirating software. The best definition can be summed up as follows: the use of software not legally purchased, or the copying of software when not legally authorized to do so. Despite the clear illegality of software piracy, illegal software accounts for roughly half of all software in use, according to the Business Software Alliance.


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