Software Piracy

What is Software Piracy

The PC industry is just over 20 years old. In those 20 years, both the quality
and quantity of available software programs have increased dramatically.
Although approximately 70% of the worldwide market is today supplied by
developers in the United States, significant development work is occurring in
scores of nations around the world. But in both the United States and abroad,
unauthorized copying of personal computer software is a serious problem. On
average, for every authorized copy of personal computer software in use, at
least one unauthorized copy is made. Unauthorized copying is known as software
piracy, and in 1994 it cost the software industry in excess of US$15 billion.
Piracy is widely practiced and widely tolerated. In some countries, legal
protection for software is nonexistent (i.e., Kuwait); in others, laws are
unclear (i.e. Israel), or not enforced with sufficient commitment (i.e., the
PRC). Significant piracy losses are suffered in virtually every region of the
world. In some areas (i.e., Indonesia), the rate of unauthorized copies is
believed to be in excess of 99%.

Why do People Use Pirated Software?

A major reason for the use of pirated software is the prices of the
REAL thing. Just walk into a CompUSA, Electronics Boutique, Computer City,
Egghead, etc and you will notice the expensive price tags on copies of the most
commonly used programs and the hottest games. Take the recent Midwest Micro
holiday catalogue for example and notice the prices. Microsoft Windows 95: $94,
Microsoft Office 95: $224, Microsoft Visual C++: $250, Borland C++: $213, Corel
Draw 7: $229, Corel Office Professional 7: $190, Lotus Smartsuite 96: $150,
Microsoft Flight Simulator95: $50, Warcraft 2: $30. The list goes on and on and
the prices for the programs listed above were only upgrade versions. Users of
the software listed above include anywhere from large companies like AT&T to
yourself, the average user at home. Although a $30 game like Warcraft 2 doesn\'t
seem like much, by the time you finish reading this paper, it will seem like a
fortune.

Ease of Availability

Since the law states clearly that making a copy of what you own
and distributing it or installing more than one copy of one piece of software on
two separate computers is illegal, then why do the average Joes like you and us
still do it? There are many answers to that question and all of them seem
legitimate except that no answers can be legally justified. A friend borrowing
another friend\'s Corel draw or Windows 95 to install on their own PC is so
common that the issue of piracy probably doesn\'t even come to mind right away or
even at all.

Pirated Software on the Internet

The Internet is sometimes referred to as a "Pirate\'s Heaven."
Pirated software is available all over the net if you bother to look for them.
Just go to any of the popular search engines like Excite, Infoseek or Yahoo and
type in the common phrase "warez, appz, gamez, hacks" and thousands of search
results will come up. Although many of the links on the pages will be broken
because the people have either moved the page or had the page shut down, some of
the links will work and that one link usually has a decent amount of stuff for
you to leech off of or a better way to put it is for you to download.

Web Sites That we Have Personally Visited:
Jelle\'s Warez Collection
Wazh\'s Warez Page
Beg\'s Warez Page
Chovy\'s Empire
The Spawning Grounds
GAMEZ
Lmax\'s Warez Page
Jugg\'s Warez-List
Jureweb Warez Page
Top Warez Page

Why Are They There?

Why is there pirated software on the net? There could only be two
possible answers. Either the people who upload these files are very nice people
or they do it just because its illegal and browsers of the web like us wouldn\'t
mind taking our time to visit these sites to download the software. What they
get out of it is the thousands of "hits" their sites get a day which makes them
very happy.

Anonymous and Account-Based FTP Sites

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. FTP sites are around so that
people can exchange software with each other and companies like Microsoft can
distribute info and demos to users who visit their FTP site. Something they
don\'t want happening is the distribution of their full-release products on
"Pirate" FTP sites. "Pirate" FTP sites come and go. Most sites don\'t stay up for
more than a day or two. They are also referred to as 0 day FTP sites. Its
extremely difficult to