Billions of dollars are lost in the computer industry due to computer crimes. Computer piracy is the number one offense committed by PC users across the globe. Computer piracy is defined as the reproduction, distribution and use of software without owner’s permission. All software comes with a license agreement that specifically states the terms and conditions under which the software may be legally used. Licenses vary from program to program and may authorize as few as one computer or individual to use the software or as many as several hundred network users to share the application across the system.
There are many types pf computer piracy the most common is called soft lifting. This occurs when a person purchases a single licensed copy of software and loads in on several machines. Examples of soft lifting include sharing software with friends or co-workers and installing software on home or laptop computers. Two other popular forms of Piracy are counterfeiting and Internet piracy. Counterfeiting is duplicating and selling of unauthorized copies pf software as if it were a legitimate copy Internet Piracy is uploading commercial software on the Internet for anyone to copy also offering for sale pirated software on the Internet.
Internet Piracy is the most rapidly growing type pf piracy. It takes place in many forms such as Auction sites piracy, bulletin boards services and newsgroup piracy, FTP Sites and Internet relay chat. Auction site piracy occurs when the seller burns software onto CD-ROMS, and sells the software at an online auction. FTP allows people to upload files and download files to a site. Software pirates use FTP frequently because it is efficient for transferring large files. Peer 2 Peer is another popular site used by computer pirates. It allows users to communicate in real time and transfer files to each other. They are also popular because use can find just...