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Computers and the Law.

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  • Submitted: 30/09/2003
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GCSE Legislation & The Legal Framework

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Computers and the Law

Piracy

Software piracy is the illegal copying of software either to sell or to use without permission. Copyright law makes it illegal to copy software without permission. Software companies suffer a great deal from piracy. A large amount of money is needed to research and develop new software and losing money due to piracy makes it harder for companies to develop new software. It also drives up the cost of software to the end-user to allow the companies to get back their development money. Software manufacturers often put a code which must be entered before the software can be used. This means that simply copying the disc is not enough, the unlock code also needs to be copied. While this is not foolproof it does put another obstacle in the way for the would be pirate. Some software also requires that the CD-ROM be in the CD drive when it is being used rather than installing the software on a number of computers from one disk.

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Hacking

Hacking is the illegal access to other peoples computers. It is usually done via telephone networks like

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