In computing, software piracy is a global issue. Because software development requires a large financial investment, software companies rely on profits to continue improving and building software. When a software program is illegally copied, downloaded and/or installed, a pirate commits an act of theft.
An entity that engages in piracy or piratical activity is known as a pirate. Pirates engage in any of the following activities:
Illegally using, distributing or copying software
Illegally uploading or downloading online music
Building an online business based on theft
Encouraging others to break the law
Manufacturing counterfeit CDs, which are sold in retail stores, flea markets, swap meets or street corners