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Computer piracy is when software gets copied without permission from the copyright holder This means that the copyright holder usually the one who makes the software will not get any reward for hisher product It is illegal to infringe the copyright law and can result in imprisonment andor fines There are five types of software piracy These include softlifting hard disk loading renting downloading and software counterfeiting Softlifting is when someone buys a single licensed copy of the software and loads it on several computers contrary to the license So if the program is loaded into friends and co-workers computers there will be a breach of the copyright An exception can be made because the user has the right to make one backup copy for emergency use only Hard disk loading is then unauthorized copies of software are placed on the disk when you buy a new personal computer This is a way for the computer dealers to sell a computer at a low price with an added value for their customers The computer market is competitive and computer dealers try really hard to sell a PC that includes so much software and hardware as possible with a low price Renting is having software for temporary use This means that I is illegal to rent software for a while and then give it back I had always wondered how you could rent Nintendo and other games but no computer software but that is because it is loaded on a computer no just put into a drive Downloading is where you connect VIA modem from your computer As much of you know you can find just about any software you want to if you search the Internet This is called pirated software AKA Warez Unauthorized copyrighted software can easily spread this way Software counterfeiting is the illegal duplication of software I think this branch of piracy is increasing because the CD rewritable drives
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