Economic Consequences Of Software Crime

In 1996 worldwide illegal copying of domestic and international software
cost $15.2 billion to the software industry, with a loss of $5.1 billion in
the North America alone. Some sources put the total up-to-date losses, due
to software crime, as high as $4.7 trillion. On the next page is a
regional breakdown of software piracy losses for 1994. Estimates show that
over 40 percent of North American software company revenues are generated
overseas, yet nearly 85 percent of the software industry’s piracy losses
occurred outside of North America. The Software Publishers Association
(SPA) indicated that approximately 35 percent of the business software in
the North America was obtained ...

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concerned with the legal compliance, along with asset management and costs
to 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, which are subject
to Constitutional 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 provincial law, and most jurisdictions have laws that
criminalize the violations of a trade-secret holder’s rights. The
definition of a trade secret varies somewhat from province to province, but
commonly have the same elements. For example, the information must be
secret, not of public knowledge or of general knowledge in the trade or
business. A court will allow a trade secret to be used by ...

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in the 1980 Computer Software Act, and the report acts as informal
legislative history to aid the courts in interpreting the Act.

In 1980, the Copyright Act was amended to explicitly include computer
programs. It now states that it is illegal to make or to distribute copies
of copyrighted material without authorization, except for the user’s right
to make a single backup copy for archival purposes. Any written material
(including computer programs) fixed in a tangible form (written somewhere –
i.e. printout) is considered copyrighted without any additional action on
the part of the author. Therefore, it is not necessary that a copy of the
software program be deposited ...

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