Software piracy leads to many companies becoming over-protective about their software and they hire companies like SecuROM, Sony BMG and Starforce. Both companies produce software protection programs and encryptions which sometimes cause problems for the honest user who actually purchased the software. They sometimes go as far as to invade your own privacy by installing surveillance software without you knowing about it. This software is called a rootkit and any common anti-virus program would detect it. It is a program which can prevent you from removing it and can perform various functions, such as preventing you from installing certain software. It is a total invasion of privacy and the companies that have tried this method of copy protection have failed and have been severely legally penalized. Also many clueless teens have gotten in trouble with the law. A 19-year-old girl wanted to videotape a short clip of the movie "Transformers" for her little brother. She pulled out her digital camera and recorded a 20 second clip. She faces up to a year in jail time. This woman was also an immigrant and was completely unaware of such ridiculous laws. It is sickening that our government and private companies like the Motion Picture Association of America are taking extreme levels of "zero tolerance" policies, when the awareness of such laws is not very well known in the first place.
There are many methods of piracy. The most common method of software piracy is Bittorrent. Bittorrent is a peer to peer network... [continues]
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