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How Piracy Affects You

Pirated software hurts everyone—from software developers to retail store owners, and ultimately to all software users. The illegal duplication and distribution of software has a significant impact on the economy, costing the United States billions of dollars a year in job losses, retail dollar losses, and governmental tax losses—money that would have gone back into local communities. In addition, companies facing loss of revenue due to piracy must pull resources from the development of new technology, and devote it to protecting both their software, and its legitimate users. In the end, software piracy is unfair to everyone.

The risks of using pirated software

Quality - It often lacks key elements and documentation, and comes with no warranty protection or upgrade options

Viruses - Untested, counterfeit discs may be infected with viruses that will damage your hard drive or cripple your network, without the benefit of technical support

At Work - copying or using illegally copied software at work puts the entire company at risk for copyright infringement. Pirated software that is either dysfunctional or that contains viruses wastes company resources and drives up IT costs


You might be surprised by what is considered piracy. Click here to learn more about the different Types of Piracy.
Do you know the difference between owning software and other types of ownership? Click here to find out more about Why Licenses Matter.
Intellectual property is an issue at the heart of the struggle to end software piracy. Find out more about Intellectual Property by clicking here.

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