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Software Piracy is the most common computer crime it is the illegal coping of software People wouldnt think of shoplifting software from a retail store but dont think twice about going home and making several illegal copies of the same software and this is true because I myself am guilty of this The major problem is not people going out and buying the software then making copies for everyone its the websites that cater to pirating software that really cause the problem On anyone one of these sites you could find hundreds of pirated software open for anyone to take This is a problem and nothing can really be done about it Few arrests are made in this area of computer crimeIn 1993 worldwide illegal copying of domestic and international software cost 125 billion to the software industry with a loss of 22 billion in the United States alone Estimates show that over 40 percent of US software company revenues are generated overseas yet nearly 85 percent of the software industrys piracy losses occurred outside of the United States borders The Software Publishers Association said that approximately 35 percent of the business software in the United States was obtained illegally and 30 percent of the piracy occurs in the business world In a business every computer must have its own set of original software It is illegal for a business to purchase a single set of original software 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 manufacturerIn 1980 The Copyright Act was amended to explicitly include computer programs Title 17 to the United States Code states that it is illegal to make or to distribute copies of copyrighted material without authorization except for the users right to make a single backup copy for archival purposes Any written material including computer programs fixed in a tangible form
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