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Piracy

1. Robbery committed at sea. Piracy is one of the world's oldest crimes and is a risk in international trade. Captured pirates generally are tried in military courts. A company may insure against injury or loss of goods due to piracy.

2. The act or practice of making illegal copies of copyrighted material. For example, printing copies of a book without the author's or publisher's permission may be piracy because neither receives any compensation for sales. Piracy is a major issue in online commerce. It is common, for instance, for a private user to upload a video to a website and even profit from views of that video without permission from or compensation to the copyright owners. The best way to prevent or prosecute this form of piracy remains a controversial issue.
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Clearly, software piracy is a major worldwide issue, and as the millennium brings a more software-intensive business environment, reasons for and measures to prevent software piracy will remain a multibillion-dollar industry.
Software piracy, defined as the unauthorized use or illegal copying/distribution of copyrighted software without explicit permission from the copyright holder (BSA, 2012; Hinduza, 2008), threatens the long-term viability of the software industry by both discouraging development efforts and, more seriously, triggering international political disputes (Bagchi, Kirs, & Cerveny, 2006; Moores & Chang, 2006; Rawlinson & Luption, 2007).
Contrary to general impression, medium and large scale companies and organisations are also involved in software piracy. The height of software piracy is also visible in government offices as majority of computers have pirated versions of Microsoft Windows and all documents are prepared on them.
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Software piracy demands a similarly forceful response -- concerted public education and vigorous law enforcement," said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman.
Software piracy is growing faster in developing nations where individuals and companies are buying more personal computers but are less willing to spend on software when cheap pirated versions are widely available.
Washington: Software piracy cost the industry a record $63.4 billion globally in 2011 with emerging economies listed as the main culprits, an annual study said yesterday.
Dubai Software piracy losses in the Gulf states rose to $850 million (Dh3.12 billion) in 2011, up 11.55 per cent over the $762 million incurred in 2010 due to the unprecedented growth of the IT industry.
The study said software piracy rate in Saudi Arabia was at 51 percent in 2011, meaning more than half of programs that users installed were unlicensed last year.

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