What is Software Piracy?
Software piracy is the reproduction, distribution, use or other infringement of the copyright in a software product without the permission of the copyright owner.
What many businesses don’t realise or don’t think about is that when they purchase software, they are actually purchasing a license and right to use it, not ownership of the actual software. That license is what tells them how many times they can install the software. If they make more copies of the software than the license permits, they are pirating.
Software piracy takes place when copies of software are made for friends or colleagues, when disks are shared, when pirated software is downloaded from the Internet, or when multiple copies are installed onto work computers in violation of license agreements.
Software piracy can inadvertently take place if a business fails to pay adequate attention to managing its software assets, but in the eyes of the law it is still a crime – it is theft, the stealing someone else’s original idea and product.
PC Software Piracy Rates in the Asia Pacific Region