Expand Your Knowledge of Software Piracy Concept
Many people have come around the term Software Piracy but
they don’t really understand the concept. So, here we are going to introduce
the Software Piracy term, in brief, to let you understand the vastness of the
So what is Software
Software Piracy is like stealing the legally protected
software from its developer or publisher.
According to Copyright law, software piracy is defined as the violation of
the copyright of the product that prevents its copying, distribution, selling
and modification. The Software piracy will be an infringement of the law.
The people who got penalized for SoftwarePiracy are the ones
who are in the passion for some technical work that is illegal to use.
Although the unknowingly use of such software are acceptable, the end users
will also experience some loss of resources if they possessed some illegal or
The software Piracy concept has five subcategories or types of piracy that has their own causalities.
The categories are explained below:
This is the illegal distribution, duplication, and sale of a material whose copyright belongs
to some other person or company. This is done with the intent of imitating the copyrighted
product to earn revenues with it. In
case the software is packaged, finding the counterfeit copies of the discs
incorporating the software programs becomes very common. It also applies to
manuals, license agreements, registration cards, labels, security feature, and some others.
This kind of Software Piracy happens when the software is
downloaded from the Internet through a nonreliable
website or service provider. The purchase rules apply
to all the products whether it is sold online or offline. So, even the software
which is delivered to the end users via some physical disc or any other medium,
the laws of Software piracy are still applicable to it.
The Internet piracy cases usually arise when websites make a software available for free to download
or offer free up gradation of the software. Internet auction sites and peer to
peer networks are some other areas where internet piracy occurs.
End User Piracy:
The End User Piracy occurs when a copy of the software is
made by the End-user without any
authorization. This type of Software Piracy includes using a single
licensed copy to install a program on multiple computers or systems. Copying a disc for distribution or
installation, upgrading an illegal copy of a program, acquisition of restricted
non-retail software also lies in the area of piracy.
This kind of piracy happens when there are too many users of
a single network and they try to access the same program simultaneously.It usually happens to Local area networks.
So, you must ensure that you are entitled to sharing your software with other
Hard Disk Loading:
The Hard Disk Loading is the kind of Software piracy done at
the distributor’s end. When a business sells computers with illegal copies of
software programs and applications simply to make it more attractive, then it
is termed as Hard Disk Loading.