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Software Security & Piracy

Making of  a software is a  major investment of time, money and effort. Software piracy (including illegal network licenses and unfulfilled upgrades) denies you the revenue you deserve and harms your paying customers, who ultimately bear the cost of illegal use of your products. Piracy limits your ability to be competitive, leading to higher-priced, less advanced products for your customers.

Software Piracy

Software piracy is illegal copying, distribution or use of software. When you purchase a software package, an end user license agreement protects the software from copyright infringement. The copy contains the matter that you can install the original copy of the software that you brought on one computer and you can also have a backup copy of it. Software piracy is applicable to full function softwares. Whereas time limited or function restricted versions of the software are called shared softwares and less likely to be in the pirated circle. Freeware programmes are those you can use free of cost but one should refer to the terms and conditions before using it.
Lets have a look into some terms associated with software piracy.

Terms associated with software piracy

Counterfeiting: Duplicating and selling copyrighted programs. 
Hard-disk loading: Installing and selling unauthorized copies of software on refurbished or new computers.
Client-server overuse: Installing more copies of the software than you have licenses for.
Softlifting: Borrowing and installing a copy of a software application from a colleague.
Online piracy: Typically involves downloading illegal software from peer-to-peer network, Internet auction or blog.

Software piracy today

Software piracy is prevalent everywhere from homes to businesses ad schools to government offices. This problem is so extensive that the proprietary software is available for download in various websites and peer to peer file swapping on the net.

Once software piracy was mostly a user network of floppy dick traders. But now anyone can download small and large programmes on high speed internet connections.
Software piracy comes in many types. It includes misuse of the license limitations of the person using the application - that could be by installing a single-license application on many machines or to swap the programmes across a network permitting unlicensed network users to access the software. 
Another type of Software piracy includes downloading unlicensed software form the internet and outright software counterfeiting - ie burning an entire original cd into many copies and selling those copies anywhere.
The problem of piracy is world reaching and huge. The percentage of piracy in the developed countries is in the low teens. But China has the highest piracy rate to be above 90%. 

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