Computer Piracy is software that is copied without permission from the copyright holder. This means that the copyright holder, usually the one who makes the software, will not get any reward for his/hers product. It is illegal to infringe the copyright law and can result in imprisonment and/or fines.
Every time a computer program is pirated, the software developers lose money that would have been put
into designing better quality software(1).
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but in reality software piracy causes companies to lose billions of dollars. Software piracy occurs usually because of the cost associated with software, but they don't realize that the prices might drop if there was less illegal distribution of their products. If copyright laws were more clear there might be an end to computer piracy and a start to lower software prices.
Cornell. "Software Piracy: What you should know"
www.cit.cornell.edu/computer, Jan 2003