What is Software Piracy?
It is the unauthorised copying and distribution of software without ownership and legal rights. Another form of software piracy is when you download a program illegally. Examples of software piracy include:
- Copying software and giving it to others
- Using software which is licensed for one computer on several computers
- Using software without a license
- Making licensed software available on the Internet to share with others
- Illegally downloading files from the Internet, such as music and movies
What are the dangers of using pirated software?
- Breaking the law and violating intellectual rights of software authors
- Your computer will be at risk of damage and other security threats such as malware
- Pirated software could contain spyware which allows access to your personal and confidential information without your knowledge
- You may not be supported with technical help
- Illegally obtained software may not work properly
How can I avoid software piracy?
- When purchasing software online, check the site’s URL starts with HTTPS rather than HTTP
- Purchase only legitimate software products from legitimate websites
- Never give commercial software to unlicensed users
- Only permit authorised users to install software, especially in your organization