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Software theft means the unauthorized or illegal copying, sharing or usage of copyright-protected software programs. Software theft may be carried out by individuals, groups or, in some cases, organizations who then distribute the unauthorized software copies to users.
Software theft is committed when someone performs any of the following:
Several types of protection have been introduced to safeguard software from being copied or cracked; however, with advanced hacking skills and sufficient efforts, it is actually possible to crack or bypass protection.
The different types of software theft are as follows:
As outlined by the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), it is not legal to do any of the following: