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Report Software Piracy

Software piracy occurs whenever a software program is downloaded, installed, run, or copied without a proper license from the software manufacturer. Software piracy is not just immoral and unethical, it is a CRIME.

Ignorance of the law is NO EXCUSE. Software pirates are liable for a software copyright infringement whether or not they know their conduct violates federal law. Penalties include liability for damages suffered by the copyright owner plus any profits of the infringer that are attributable to the copying, or statutory damages of up to $100,000 for each work infringed. The unauthorized duplication of software is also a Federal crime if done "willfully and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain (Title 18 Section 2319(b))." Criminal penalties include fines of as much as $250,000 and jail terms of up to 5 years.

Visit the Anti-piracy site of the Software Publishers Association at http://www.spa.org/piracy for the latest information and resources on software piracy as it relates to U.S. copyright law, law enforcement and whistle blowing.

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