It is estimated that violations of computer software copyrights cost software publishers $2.8 billion a year in the U.S. and $15.2 billion worldwide. As could be expected software publishers have become increasingly aggressive in their attempts to enforce their rights.

What you can't do

The copyright protection on software is fairly clear ‹ you can't use what you haven't paid for. (Shareware, free ware, and public domain software, as the names indicate, are exceptions to this ‹ because owners exert limited or no copyright authority.) ...

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