An illegal copying of a software is basically categorized as software piracy. It is when an individual will buy a licensed software that they will be given a license key. The moment that the key will be active that the one that using it will be a licensed user. In most software that you will see in the market, they will basically allow you to install it on one unit and will give you a backup file for it. But there are also software that will allow you to use it in 2-3 units and the ones that are for corporate use will allow you to install into the whole network. Transferring the license from one computer it the other is also allowed by some vendors. It is with these types of installations that they are considered legal. It becomes a piracy and it will be illegal the very moment that you will be passing the licenses to your friends or making changes on it.
There are already a lot of companies now that are doing something to make sure that their products will be able to avoid piracy. There are much software that is now attached to the motherboard which makes it impossible to be pirated. Another form of protection that some would make is to create an online activation process. In order to make sure that the problem is being addressed, there are also anti-piracy agencies that are being created. It is the job of the agencies it make sure that all pirated copies online will be removed. With the effort that they are doing to address piracy, there era still people that are able to distribute these things the very moment that they will be able to create a crack for it. By the time that a new software has been released, hackers will immediately be working in this software to make sure that they will be able to create a crack and then illegally distribute them. The moment that theses copies will be distributed on the internet, then stopping them is nearly impossible.
When talking about the biggest problems that software companies have, then it is the software piracy which can cost billions of dollars of revenue. For the most part, it is the people that use these software knows that they are using something illegal but believe it or not, there are also some that don’t know that they are using and doing something illegal. The very moment that someone will install a pirated version of the software inside your computer without your knowledge, then that is the time that these things can happen. That is why there have been a lot of information drives that have been done to make sure that first timers will know.