What Is Piracy?

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Piracy is when music or software is duplicated on more than one computer for the use by another person, despite agreements against such actions that are inherent when purchasing a CD or DVD. Find out how even duplicating a piece of copyrighted property for no gain is considered piracy with information from a software developer in this free video on computer piracy.

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Hi my name is Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to talk to you a little bit about piracy. Now piracy has been in the minds of a lot of people since about the turn of the new millennium especially when it comes to music and software. With computers and cd's it is very easy to make duplicates of software, duplicates of albums and take that software or music and put it on another computer and use it on one or two or three or more different computers. What you need to realize when you purchase a piece of software is that yes you do have the cd and you can put that on multiple computers technically. With that cd comes a license that is an agreement between you and the person that you purchased it from that you're only going to use this on one computer. Now if you take that or make a copy of it and give it to a friend or put it on more than one computer you are actually breaking the terms of that license and you are opening yourself up to actually be sued by the person that you purchased it from. It's something that you just have to watch out for and what's important is that it does not include whether or not you sold it to somebody else that really makes no difference, the fact that you made a duplicate of it and gave it to somebody you have just pirated that even if they didn't sell it to you or you had no gain from that. So it is just something that you have to watch out for and just keep in mind that when you buy something you are buying it for your use, it's for you and if you want to recommend it to somebody they should really go out and buy it themselves. My name is Dave Andrews and I have just talked to you a little bit about piracy.

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