Recently one of my friend had posted a link in his facebook wall to download a movie which was supposed to release on the next day. Yes. Really. The movie was uploaded on the previous day to the actual release date. Some people are arguing that watching pirated movies in online is not illegal. It is illegal only if you upload it somewhere for downloading. Then the same thing applies to software piracy also. Is it legal to use any pirated software since you have not uploaded it anywhere?
Software piracy costs $40 B in 2006(Report) and $51 B in 2009(Report) which has raised to $59 B in 2010(Report). A bigger growth than an established software company’s growth. Consider this growth for upcoming years since we are moving everything into digital form. This figure includes not only the loss to the software companies and also the money of the people who uses pirated software.
The people who uses pirated version of any copyrighted digital content say movies, software, music is under violation as per the law. They are free until the cyber crime cops catch them. But it is not an easy job to catch all the people since they are everywhere. So it is becoming to very easy for the hackers to attract people who needs pirated contents.
It is very easy to enforce security to avoid piracy. There is a simple way. Whenever you want to use a software/watch movie/listen music you have to ensure your authentication through Internet. It seems a simple way from a company’s perspective but from the user’s perspective it will be a pain point. What will happen if the user doesn’t have an internet connection and still want to use the software? Will the company deny it? That is the reason they are not able to take any hard decision against the customers. It may reflect in losing some customers which will give negative impact on their business.