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Counterfeiting | Software
Software is one of the most valuable technologies of this era,
running everything from PCs to the Internet. Software is
valuable, and computers make it easy to create an exact copy of
a program in seconds. Software piracy is widespread from
individual computer users to professionals Software pirates not
only steal from the companies that make the software, but eat in
to the money needed for research and development of new software
Technology has two sides, the original & the duplicate or the
pirated. Pricing and piracy are issues that are linked together.
Piracy of software is more than the unwillingness of the end
user or the customer to pay for the product.
Unlike in the
past, today buying a software / game is pretty reasonable in
India. That doesn’t stop most people from “borrowing” a friend’s
pack and making a copy for himself or herself. One pay’s
exorbitant amount for a pc but not the same for software b’cos
many assemblers in India provide a whole load of applications
with the machine at no extra cost –many of these applications
are not registered or even useful. This is the reason why most
often the assembler does not give a user’s manual and the
original CD of every application loaded on the machine. This is
software piracy and is a cognizable offence.
Developers put in much effort to develop applications, and to
ensure that the applications is bug free and runs smoothly, when
one pirate’s the software he prevent s them from getting their
due which in the long run is detrimental to the over all
development of the software industry.