Many businesses and organizations are not aware that that they may be using illegal software. Illegally distributing and using software is a significant problem that hurts Zbshareware Lab and other vendors. Our System Protection Solutions exist to assure that the technology that powers your business are security and available—from the desktop to the network core, and across the servers that you rely on to deliver your competitive advantage. We want you to have the information you need so you get maximum value our product─legally.

What is Piracy?

Software piracy is the illegal distribution and/or reproduction of software. Purchasing software is actually purchasing a license to use the software. That license spells out how you may use that software within the law. Any time someone uses the software beyond the scope of the license, that person─ or company─is violating the license and possibly copyright law. Whether software piracy is deliberate or not, it is still illegal and punishable by law.

Types of Software Piracy

Software piracy comes in many forms. Those types that impact Zbshareware Lab, include:

End User Piracy
This occurs when an individual reproduces copies of software without authorization. These include:
1. Using one licensed copy to install a program on multiple computers.
2. Illegally using academic or other restricted or non-retail software without a proper license.
3. Taking advantage of upgrade offers without having a legal copy of the version to be upgraded.

This type of piracy is the illegal duplication, distribution and/or sale of copyrighted material with the intent of imitating the copyrighted product. In the case of packaged software, it is common to find counterfeit copies of the compact discs incorporating the software programs, as well as related packaging, manuals, license agreements, labels, registration cards and security features.

Internet Piracy
This occurs when software is downloaded from the Internet. The same purchasing rules apply to on-line software purchases as for those bought in compact disc format. Common Internet piracy techniques are:
1. Websites that make software available for free download or in exchange for others.
2. Internet auction sites that offer counterfeit or out-of-channel software.
3. Peer-to-peer networks that enable unauthorized transfer of copyrighted programs.

Hard-Disk Loading
This occurs when a business sells new computers with illegal copies of software loaded onto the hard disks to make the purchase of the machines more attractive.

Reporting a Case of Software Piracy

Zbshareware Lab., encourages you to do the right thing by notifying us of instances where a business or individual may be using or distributing our software illegally. Making this report helps us reduce the overall piracy problem, enable us to better support and modify out existing products, and have the resources to compensate our developers for those stolen tools. It also ensures that this business or person does not gain an unfair business advantage through reduced business expenses because they steal their software.

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