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Software Piracy and its EffectsIdentification and Description of the IssueCopyright law are perhaps those laws which are breached the most by individual on a dailybases This is because one might not know be informed about these law or because not muchis done to enforce these law Also some countries of the world have no Copyright lawsSoftware Piracy is a breach of a copyright law as one copies data contained on the mediumon to another medium without the consent of the owner of the Software When one buy asoftware one buys not the software content and therefore it isnt ones propertyInstead one buy the license to use the software with accordance to the licensingagreement Software companies invest a lot of time and money in creating a Software and the companyrely upon the sales of the Software for its survival If illegal copies are made ofSoftware the companies earns no money and could therefore be forced into bankruptcySoftware Piracy can be compared to robbing as one is stealing the goods of someone elseand using it without paying for itUp to 13 Billions dollars are lost in computer piracy yearly and in order to overcomethese cost the company are force to rise the prices of their product Brand name are properties of their respected companies and they have the right to protecttheir propertiesUnderstanding of the IT background of the IssueSoftware is contained on disc or on a CD-ROM Pirates copy can easily be made of Softwareon disc by copying from one disc to another disc For CD-ROM one needs a CD-ROM burner orone copies the content onto a large hard disc and then on to a floppy discThere are some underground bulletin boards BBS that contain pirate software A userwho logs on to one of these BBS can download Full version of Pirate Software provided onetoo can give something in return On the Internet there are binary Newsgroup such as altbinarieswarez WWW pages and FTPsites that
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