Essay on Software Piracy

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SOFTWARE PIRACY: ATTITUDES TOWARDS SOFTWARE PIRACY Prepared for
English 310

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What is Software Piracy? 1
Various Forms 2
Legal Issues 3
Student Awareness 4
Factors Toward Software Piracy 5 Advantages and Disadvantages 5 Motivating Factors 5 Corporate Scenario 6
Software Piracy: Affecting the Economy 7 Taking Profit from Companies 7 Taking Jobs from Employees 8
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ƒæ Internet Piracy- is another type that has grown out of control. This type connotes as any website that offers pirated software for exchange, ¡§Internet auctions sites that offer counterfeit¡Ksoftware¡¨, or Peer-to-Peer networks that allow transfers of unauthorized software.
ľ Hard-Disk Loading- is when a business or individual sells a computer that has illegal software installed.
ƒæ Software Counterfeiting- is the ¡§illegal duplication and sale of copyrighted material with the intent of directly imitating the copyrighted product¡¨.
(BSA, Types of Piracy, 2005) Again, software piracy has many forms, but only two sides to its legality. It¡¦s either wrong or right.
Legal Issues
Software piracy greatly threatens the software industry. Piracy is not only considered a copyright infringement, but also a violation to the law. Such laws have existed since the early sixties. Although computer programs were not granted full protection until 1980, the United States Copyright Office began recognizing software as a ¡§form of literary expression in 1964¡¨ (Davy, 2004, para.12). By 1990, copyright holders were given full authority over renting, leasing, or lending of their property through the Software Rental Amendments Act (Davy, 2004, para.12). In 1992, penalties were developed for copyright infringement. Such penalties involved ¡§imprisonment for up to five years,

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