Software Piracy: A Big Crime With Big Consequences

Imaging for a moment that you come across an advertisement saying you can
meet up with an individual who will break into a store, disarm all of the alarms
and will hold the door open for you as you walk inside and take anything you
wish. This criminal offence occurs every day on computer systems around the
world including the internet. This is a very serious problem and is very
difficult to circumvent. Every computer user is both tempted and immersed in
software piracy in its many forms. One of the most disturbing facts behind this
crime is that many people who participate in the distribution of commercial
software don't even know they are committing a crime. Software piracy is a ...

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more than one million dollars worth of
software 'free of charge.' Mr. LaMacchia was caught by the authorities and was
acquitted of this piracy due to the lack of legal standards for this crime.
Another example is off local bulletin board systems. Many are run out of the
offenders homes with just a phone line, a computer and a modem. Here members of
this service can send and receive pirated software (otherwise known as 'warez')
as their own pace and leisure. There are not just one or two of these bulletin
boards around there are in fact many. Most reside in large cities and the
offenders are in most cases minors. As the computer gains a more stable hold on
our society these bulletin boards are replaced by the ones that are linked to
the internet. By this individuals can anonymously put out copyrighted software
for the use of any anonymous user of the internet such as the type of system
that Mr. LaMacchia ran. The second way to be involved in software piracy is to
be on the ...

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of software piracy and many of these companies use this as an incentive
to sell their machines by making more software for the machine available to the
customer. The third method is becoming more popular as many more people are
getting connected to the internet. This is the downloading or sending
copyrighted/illegal software via a modem to a public or private bulletin board
system or the internet. This type of piracy is usually at no charge to the end
user and is usually open to many people. The fourth type of software piracy is
known as counterfeiting. This is the illegal duplication and sale of
copyrighted/illegal software. This can be a very complex and sophisticated way
of ...

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