Software piracy is an act of using copyrighted and licensed software without paying for its appropriate use and license. Considered as one of the most important technologies of the Information Age, software runs on every computer and through the internet. Since software is so important and computers make it so easy to copy this software, piracy has increased rapidly especially in third world countries. Software piracy has proliferated not only through individual users but also for professional businesses. This piracy can be found at homes, offices, schools, and government institutions. This practice not only bring up losses of software companies and developers but it also depletes funds for future research and development for new and more advance software.

Software piracy can be categorized into three:
  • End User - using a single licensed software to several computers or by reproducing copies of such software and distributing it to other users is a violation of End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).
  • Reseller -this is done by reproducing multiple copies of a single licensed software and distributed by a reseller to unlimited number of customers. This also includes reselling known pirated copies of software.
  • BBS/Internet - piracy is done by redistributing copyrighted software through electronic means.