Piracy is robbery committed at sea, or sometimes on shore, without a commission from a sovereign nation. Piracy can also be committed against a ship, aircraft, persons, or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any state. The word "pirate" is derived from the Latin term “pirata” and ultimately from the Greek word “peira” which means "attempt, experience", implicitly "to find luck on the sea".
Pirates are people who commit the crime of piracy. From the original meaning of robbery at sea, usage of the term has extended to aviation and intellectual property.
The Copyright Infringement of Software also known as Software Piracy refers to several practices which involve the unauthorized copying of computer software. Copyright infringement of this kind is extremely common in the United States, Mexico, China, Indonesia, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Zimbabwe and several other parts of the world. Most countries have copyright laws which apply to software too.
The rate of copyright infringement of software in the Asia-Pacific region has been estimated at 53% for 2004. China is the world's largest producer of pirated products, including software. The Business Software Alliance estimates that in 2006, 82% of the PC software used in China was pirated.
ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN SOFTWARE PIRACY
Software Piracy may refer to the following kinds of practices when done without the permission of the copyright holder:
1. Creating a copy and/or selling it
2. Creating a copy and giving it to someone else
3. Creating a copy to serve as a backup.
4. Renting the original software
5. Not buying the original software
TYPES OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT OF SOFTWARE
According to the Business Software Alliance, Infringement of Software takes several forms, which include the following:
1. CD-R Infringement:
It is the illegal copying of software using CD-R recording technology...