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Software Piracy A Big Crime With Big ConsequencesImaging for a moment that you come across an advertisementsaying you can meet up with an individual who will break into astore disarm all of the alarms and will hold the door open foryou as you walk inside and take anything you wish This criminaloffence occurs every day on computer systems around the worldincluding the internet This is a very serious problem and isvery difficult to circumvent Every computer user is bothtempted and immersed in software piracy in its many forms Oneof the most disturbing facts behind this crime is that manypeople who participate in the distribution of commercial softwaredont even know they are committing a crime Software piracy isa very serious and widespread crime that must be acknowledged anddealt withSoftware piracy is the unauthorized duplication and ordistribution of copyrighted programs There are two ways to beinvolved in software piracy The first is facilitation Facilitation is the deliberate copying of copyrighted softwareand distributing it An example would be an MIT student namedDavid LaMacchia This individual served and maintained acomputer that was connected to the internet that offered itsusers more than one million dollars worth of software free ofcharge Mr LaMacchia was caught by the authorities and wasacquitted of this piracy due to the lack of legal standards forthis crime Another example is off local bulletin board systems Many are run out of the offenders homes with just a phone line acomputer and a modem Here members of this service can send andreceive pirated software otherwise known as warez as theirown pace and leisure There are not just one or two of thesebulletin boards around there are in fact many Most reside inlarge cities and the offenders are in most cases minors As thecomputer gains a more stable hold on our society these bulletinboards are replaced by the ones that are linked to the internet By this individuals can anonymously put out copyrighted softwarefor the use of any anonymous
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