how would violation of software license agreements affect different areas of life/economy, business, personal, legal?Note:
If a single person violates a license agreement and the owner detects the violation, they may file suit to recover actual and punitive damages. [ The punitive damages could be substantial, as the jury will be made aware of the cost that stealing software has on the costs for those who do pay and will wish to send a statement that such violations are against the public interest. There would also be a theft that could be prosecuted by the government in criminal court, but this is less likely than the civil suit by the software company. Once the suit is entered into court records and is not immediately dismissed, the person has a personal liability for conducting business with anyone who does a background check.
If people violate license agreements, there is an involuntary transfer of wealth that doesn't necessarily harm the economy. It depends on what the person stealing the software does with the free software, vs what the company would do with the money they would get if the software was purchased and how many potential customers didn't buy the software because the price included the expected amount of piracy. If some of the potential customers would have expanded a business had they had the use of the software, then the impact could be substantial, but so could the impact of a great business concept hatched or nurtured with stolen software. ] Auto answered|Score 1|migzptz|Points 4992|Note:
I'm sorry that that wasn't a good answer. Please hold on while I contact an expert.Weegy:
I'd say that the industry is well aware that software is easily copied and distributed thanks to the internet, [ and the business has adapted accordingly.
Not too many places make their money selling 'shrink-wrapped' software to consumers - there was never much money in it, even before software piracy. Software as a service (be it free and ad supported, like Google or Facebook or paid sites like Salesforce) and customized enterprise solutions (think IBM) are where most of the industry is focused. By definition, it's pirate proof to begin with.
Microsoft and Adobe are the only companies I can think of who make their money in relatively cheap end user software, but all their money comes from business buying from the in bulk. The end-user sales are but a drop in the bucket - so it doesn't really matter.
Piracy did hurt the PC gaming industry in the late 90's big time, but most of the game developers have since shifted their efforts to the console gaming platforms for many reasons.
If you're referring to some of the other legalese in those software agreements, they're largely nothing but disclaimers. They're largely untested in courts to the best of my knowledge. The pages of crap that you have to click 'OK' to is just the stuff the lawyers ask us to include.
License violation becomes more problematic in countries that don't enforce intellectual property laws (*cough* CHINA *cough*). The industry doesn't really care with small scale pirate uses at home as long as the business buyers play by the rules. In China, they don't - official government computers run pirated stuff, and engineers are actively reverse engineering them in order to resell them at a profit. THAT's problematic to the industry. It makes a lot of places hesitant to do buisness with China or to outsource to it. ] Expert answered|pathwise|Points 615|
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