scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 4,018
Economic Consequences of Software Crime In 1996 worldwide illegal copying of domestic and international software cost 152 billion to the software industry with a loss of 51 billion in the North America alone Some sources put the total up-to-date losses due to software crime as high as 47 trillion On the next page is a regional breakdown of software piracy losses for 1994 Estimates show that over 40 percent of North American software company revenues are generated overseas yet nearly 85 percent of the software industrys piracy losses occurred outside of North America The Software Publishers Association SPA indicated that approximately 35 percent of the business software in the North America was obtained illegally In fact 30 percent of the piracy occurs in corporate settings In a corporate setting or business every computer must have its own set of original software and the appropriate number of manuals It is illegal for a corporation or business to purchase a single set of original s oftware and then load that software onto more than one computer or lend copy or distribute software for any reason without the prior written consent of the software manufacturer Many software managers are concerned with the legal compliance along with asset management and costs to their organizations Many firms involve their legal departments and human resources in regards to software distribution and licensing Information can qualify to be property in two ways patent law and copyright laws which are creations of federal statutes which are subject to Constitutional authority In order for the government to prosecute the unauthorized copying of computerized information as theft it must first rely on other theories of information-as-property Trade secret laws are created by provincial law and most jurisdictions have laws that criminalize the violations of a trade-secret holders rights The definition of a trade secret varies somewhat from province to province but commonly have the same elements For example the information must be secret
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA