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In 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 indicated that approximately 35 percent of the business software in the United States was obtained illegally which 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 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 manufacturer Many software managers are concerned with the legal compliance along with asset management and costs at 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 pursuant to Constitutional grant of legislative 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 state law and most jurisdictions have laws that criminalize the violations of a trade-secret holders rights in the secret The definition of a trade secret varies somewhat from state to state but commonly have the same elements For example AThe information must be secret Anot of public knowledge or of general knowledge in the trade or business a court will allow a trade secret to be used by someone who discovered or developed the trade secret independently or if
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