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Software Piracy
BY
Amit Prakash Singh
Aalekh Nigam
Rishabh Chugh
Durgeshwar Singh

INTRODUCTION
Unauthorized copying or
distribution of copyrighted
software.
Can be done by copying,
downloading , sharing, selling
or installing multiple copies
onto personal or work
computers.

Making more copies of the software than the


license permits=PIRACY
Computer software is a new form of intellectual
property.
Stealing this property is no different than
stealing any other form of copyrighted content,
and the punishment for doing so is the same.

Top Five Infringed Softwares

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Symantec Norton Anti-Virus


Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Photoshop
Auto Desk AutoCAD
Adobe Dreamweaver

Types of Software Piracy


1.
1.End
EndUser
UserPiracy
Piracy
2.
2.Re
ReSeller
Seller Piracy
Piracy
3.
3.Internet
InternetPiracy
Piracy
4.
4.Trade
TradeMark/Trade
Mark/TradeName
NameInfringe
Infringe

End User Infringement

Copying the same software onto more


than one computer.

Copying office software onto a home


computer.

Loaning your software to someone else so


that the person can make a copy.

Making a copy and selling the software to


someone else.

Re-Seller piracy/ Counterfeiting


An individual or company who takes one copy
of software and deliberately reproduces it with
fake certificates so that those who purchase it
believe it is being purchased from the company
which developed it.
Many folks may have the same serial number.

Internet Piracy

Distribution of software via Internet.


Fake sites which are set up to distribute
pirated software.

Trademark/ Trade Name Infringement

Improper use of a
registered trademark

Ethical and Social Issues


Programmers or performing artists lose
income when copying is common.
Even though large-scale commercial piracy is
worse, individual copying is still not ethical.

People buy pirated software


without realizing what they're
doing.
If you buy Windows, it doesn't
belong
to you, it's Microsoft's. They're
just
letting you use it.
Pricing that is far below the
manufacturer's price can be a tip-

How Bad is the Problem?


In general, 43% of
the software in use
has been pirated.
worldwide dollar
losses exceed $11.4
billion with more than
228million business
applications pirated.

Effects Of Piracy
On the Industry
Reduces profits for the software developer.
reduces development money for future products.

On the Pirate
Expense, embarrassment, ethically wrong.
Fines up to $250,000.
Jail sentence .
payment of legal fees.

Legal Aspects of Software Piracy


Copyright Act of 1957
The amendments to the Copyright Act in 1994 The
Copyright (Amendment) Act 1994, clearly explains the
rights of copyright holder .
According to Section 63 of the Act, there is a
minimum jail term of 6 months for copyright
infringement.

Section 64 of the Copyright Act empowers any police officer


to seize without warrant infringing copies

Conspiring to cheat both the government and copyright


owner as well as the public , hence they are liable for
prosecution under Section 120 B r/w 420 IPC.
Those who are using pirated software are committing
offences under Section 66 of Information Technology Act,
2000

Recently, the Delhi High Court awarded


approximately (US$46500) to Microsoft
Corporation (Microsoft) in a software
piracy case,

Nathan Peterson

Main scenario
A California man, Nathan Peterson,
has been sentenced to more than
seven years in prison and ordered
to pay $5.4 million .

Companies affected
Adobe
Macromedia
Symantec
Autodesk

Companies affected

Estimated losses to the software companies range from:

$7million to $20 million

BASED ON BSA

Software Piracy

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