What is Software & Copyright Piracy?

Software piracy is the stealing of legally protected software. Under copyright law, software piracy occurs when copyright protected software is copied, distributed, modified or sold. Software piracy is considered direct copyright infringement when it denies copyright holders due compensation for use of their creative works.

Software piracy penalties apply to users that illegally reproduce copyrighted works and/or users who are knowingly in possession of illegally reproduced works. Unknowingly accepting pirated software is another scenario, provided it can be proven. End users may notice red flags, which indicate pirated software, especially if the acquired digital media is encased in inconspicuous or generic containers, such as CD sleeves or unnamed disk packaging.

Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is the violation, piracy or theft of a copyright holder’s exclusive rights through the unauthorized use of a copyrighted material or work, per Jurisdiction. Copyright infringement is also known as an infringement of copyright.

In the context of copyright infringement, an unauthorized use of a work or material is any unauthorized reproduction, distribution, performance, public display or transfer to a derivative work without the copyright owner’s permission.

An infringement occurs under all of the following three conditions:

  • The owner must hold a valid copyright.
  • The alleged infringer must be able to access the copyrighted work.
  • Duplication of the copyrighted work must occur beyond exceptions. If an exception does not apply, permission is requested by the person seeking to use the work.

Three major exceptions to copyright law – often used by educators – are as follows:

  • Fair use
  • Virtual instruction
  • Face-to-face instruction

Software piracy involves the unauthorized use of copyrighted software programs. Most countries recognize the protection of copyrighted software, but enforcement varies globally.

This includes Music, Arti-Work, Video or Any sort of Creative Work.

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