There are several kinds of software piracy. The bottom line is when software
is pirated, the developer does not receive compensation for
Effects of Software Piracy
When software is pirated, consumers, software developers, and resellers are
harmed. Software piracy increases the risk consumer's computers
will be corrupted by defective software and infected with
viruses. Those who provide defective and illegal software do not
tend to provide sales and technical support. Pirated software
usually has inadequate documentation, which prevents consumers
from enjoying the full benefits of the software package. In
addition, consumers are unable to take advantage of technical
support and product upgrades, which are typically available to
legitimate registered users of the software. Pirated software
can cost consumers lost time and more money.
Developers lose revenue from pirated software, from current products as well
as from future programs. When software is sold most developers
invest a portion of the revenue into future development and
better software packages. When software is pirated, software
developers lose revenue from the sale of their products, which
hinders development of new software and stifles the growth of
the software company.
Kinds of Piracy
End User Piracy -
Using multiple copies of a single software package on several different
systems or distributing registered or licensed copies of
software to others. Another common form of end user piracy is
when a cracked version of the software is used. Hacking into the
software and disabling the copy protection, or illegally
generating key codes that unlocks the trial version making the
software a registered version creates a cracked version.
Reseller Piracy -
Reseller piracy occurs when an unscrupulous reseller distributes multiple
copies of a single software package to different customers; this
includes preloading systems with software without providing
original manuals & diskettes. Reseller piracy also occurs when
resellers knowingly sell counterfeit versions of software to
Indications of reseller piracy are multiple users with the same serial
number, lack of original documentation or an incomplete set, and
Trademark/Trade Name Infringement
Infringement occurs when an individual or dealer claims to be authorized
either as a technician, support provider or reseller, or is
improperly using a trademark or trade name.
BBS/Internet Piracy -
BBS/ Internet Piracy occurs when there is an electronic transfer of
copyrighted software. If system operators and/or users upload or
download copyrighted software and materials onto or from
bulletin boards or the Internet for others to copy and use
without the proper license. Often hackers will distribute or
sell the hacked software or cracked keys. The developer does not
receive any money for the software the hacker distributed. This
is an infringement on the developer's copyright.
Another technique used by software pirates is to illegally obtain a
registered copy of software. Pirates purchase the software once
and use it on multiple computers. Purchasing software with a
stolen credit card is another form of software piracy.
Unfortunately there are many kinds of software piracy that has
hampered the software industry.
These types of software piracy have hampered the software industry. For the
software industry to prosper and further develop useful software
for consumers please support and pay for software. This results
in better software for all.
To Report Piracy :
Software Information Industry Association
About the author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for NotePage, Inc.
http://www.notepage.net a company specializing in alphanumeric
paging, SMS and wireless messaging software solutions. Other
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