Exploring Software Piracy
Software Piracy refers to the unauthorized use or copying of software.
When a user purchases a software program, he does not purchase the
software itself, but the right to use the software. This right is
governed by a licence. When you purchase a boxed software product, you
receive a CD, manuals and a licence agreement. This licence generally
allows you to use the software on one workstation. In the work place,
it may be tempting to install this software onto all of your
workstations. Where the user acts in a manner contradictory to the
terms of the licence, he has probably committed software piracy.
Advantages of Piracy:
There are certainly advantages to pirating software. Main benefits
· Cost: Pirated software costs nothing, or close to nothing, to
obtain. When a consumer wants to buy a software package which costs
upwards of € 2,000 (example: AutoCAD, Starry Night), the amount of
money saved by pirating software is certainly really big. The consumer
cannot afford to buy all the software’s of the market in order to have
a complete opinion of which one is the most appropriate for the
working sector, because usually the software’s have a demo edition in
which the most important components are disabled.
· Easy to Acquire: Pirated software is extremely easy to find, whether
online, or sold openly in foreign countries, or simply provided by
friends. In fact, in many cases, it easier for someone to go online
and download an illegal copy of a software program than to drive to a
store and buy it from a retailer.
· Anonymity and Personal Privacy: Pirating software can be committed
without going out of the house, or even interacting with any person.
Thus, it is very tempting to commit this "victimless" crime. A major
issue is the anonymity we have when we do not need to subscribe with
our real ID because we can never be sure that no third-party people
are getting our so called “personal privacy”(how can we be sure that
when we send Microsoft our serial number only, is not receiving some
other personal information also?). And most of the times we all have
seen our mailbox full of junk e-mails and we try to understand how did
these people got our e-mail address…
· Profit: Although most software pirates do not profit directly from
pirating software, the temptation to make money by selling illegal
programs is strong. All one needs to become a software pirate is a CD
burner, which now cost as little as €100, and the pirate's computer
can become a virtual cash cow. Even selling a pirate cd on the cost of
1/3 of the...