Software Piracy Law and Legal Definition

Software piracy is the unauthorized copying/distribution of software. Most retail programs are licensed for use at just one computer site or for use by only one user at any time. Purchasing software means that you are actually purchasing a license to use the software. That license defines how you may lawfully use that software. Any use of the software beyond the scope of the license, would be a violation of the license and possibly, copyright law. You are allowed to make copies of the program for backup purposes, but it is against the law to give copies to friends and colleagues.