Software piracy is the illegal distribution and/or copying of software protected under intellectual property laws, for personal and/or business use. Pirating software is stealing, and the ultimate victims are consumers. The billions of dollars lost each year due to software piracy translate to higher prices for consumers and less money spent by software companies on research and development of new products and innovations. Software piracy, under the Copyright Act, is subject to civil damages of as much as $100,000 per title infringement, plus criminal penalties, including fines of as much as $250,000 per title infringement, and imprisonment of up to five years, or 10 years for repeat offenders.
Please report suspected software piracy by submitting the form below:
- None of the fields are required. By providing contact information, you increase the likelihood we'll be able to collect enough information to act on the reports.
- If you have any piracy-related questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Deceptive sponsored search results (scam ads or scads) involve Internet advertisers misrepresenting themselves by using brand names they are not affiliated with or authorized to use.
Bait and click tactics waste consumers' time and often link to venues for identity theft, phishing, fraud, viruses, and illicit content.