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Using Pirated Software

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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