Copyright Patents Act
What is it?
The copyright patents act of 1988 states that it is illegal to copy software without the permission of the person/company that owns the copyright of the software. The copyright holder is usually the author of the software.
Illegal copying of software reduces the income to software companies. Having invested money in producing the software, these companies need to earn income from software sales to make profits.
Offences which are outlawed by the act:
- Unauthorised copying of software.
- The selling of software that is known to be copied.