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Bradford Gibbons Thursday November 09 2000 Software Piracy How it affects you and what is to come The roots of copyright protection can be found in the Constitution where Article 1 Section 8 authorizes Congress to promote the progress of science and the useful arts The purpose of a copyright is to allow a person or entity to profit from their work A person can refer to a copyright as a system of property Like property an owner can do whatever heshe pleases with it include selling it leasing it retaining it and so forth No one else can do anything with your property unless you give them an exclusive right to and that is what software copyrights do Computer software is one of the largest markets in America This is because it powers a central device we call computers that run our infrastructure as we know it The programs range from simple utilities that make life a bit easier to productive tools such as word processing And now thanks to the Internet the personal computer is an ever more popular tool in our daily lives But that can also add to the software industrys demise on profits A computer can copy a software program in a matter of seconds and can be put on disk to transfer to another computer The Internet makes that even easier by uploading the program to a website and allowing anyone to download that program without paying for it in any form This software piracy costs the software industry 109000 jobs 45 billion in wages and 1 billion in taxes This is a very hard type of piracy to enforce as the consumer cannot see who they are downloading the software from nor can they inspect the software for the typical forms of counterfeiting Auction sites are the newest focus of all anti-software organizations Anyone can upload illegal software to
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