Software Piracy – a global problem

Although the consumer may feel that some software programs are just too expensive to purchase and thus rather opt for software piracy, it should be noted that software piracy doesn’t only steal from the original rights holder, but it also contributes to slower economic growth.

Job creation and tax revenue are two areas affected by software piracy.

In 2005, software piracy rates in South Africa were around 37%. The following constitutes software piracy – illegal copying, distribution, renting and selling of copies of the original without licenses and or written permission to do so.

As the developers of a product the original owners of the rights have the right to compensation for the usage, distribution or commercial exploitation of their products.

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