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be on the receiving end. These individuals can be anyone. All they need is a

computer and access to a computer. In this an individual willingly breaks

copyright law and retrieves by whatever means copyrighted software. In effect

this individual steals the software for their use. Again in this case the

offenders are usually minors. Keep in mind that is it not only minors that are

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committing acts of software piracy, many adults and especially companies and

corporations still pirate software but they do so at a very little profile.

There are many ways that an individual can commit software piracy. Six

different methods are of the most evident ways to pirate software. The first

and most common method of software piracy is called ‘End User Copying’ or

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’softlifting.’ This type of piracy is the out right copying of a program and

giving it to a friend or a colleague. An example of this is an individual just

bought a brand new computer game from the store. They liked it so much that

they made a copy and gave it to a friend. The second form of piracy is what is

referred to as hard disk loading. This is where a computer dealer or company

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copy and load unauthorized copies of software onto the hard disks or the main

storage facility on the computer they will sell. This is a more commercial

aspect of software piracy and many of these companies use this as an incentive

to sell their machines by making more software for the machine available to the

customer. The third method is becoming more popular as many more people are

getting connected to the internet. This is the downloading or sending

copyrighted/illegal software via a modem to a public or private bulletin board

system or the internet. This type of piracy is usually at no charge to the end

user and is usually open to many people. The fourth type of software piracy is

known as counterfeiting. This is the illegal duplication and sale of

copyrighted/illegal software. This can be a very complex and sophisticated way

of piracy. This can include a relatively significant effort to duplicate the

original packaging, logos and other anti-counterfeiting techniques such as

holograms. This type of piracy can also be very unsophisticated by the copying

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