How to Report Software Piracy

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Freeware is software that anyone can use with few limitations and with no fee. Other forms of software generally require the user to pay. When an individual, company or other organisation uses software that requires payment but does not pay, the practice is referred to as software piracy. When a business or organisation is engaging in software piracy, you can report the activity to an organisation that monitors software piracy and takes legal action against violators or directly to the software's publisher. Depending on who you report the piracy to, you may be able to report anonymously.

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    Report software piracy to an organisation by phone. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) both provide toll-free telephone numbers for reporting software piracy. Call the BSA at 800-NO-PIRACY (which is 800-667-4722) or the SIIA at 800-388-PIR8 (800-388-7478).

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    Report software piracy to an organisation online. Open a web browser and navigate to the piracy reporting page on the organisation's website. Follow the prompts in the reporting process.

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    Report software piracy to the software's publisher by phone. Software publishers such as Microsoft provide toll-free telephone numbers for reporting software piracy. Call Microsoft at 800-RU-LEGIT (800-785-3448).

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    Report software piracy to the software's publisher online. Open a web browser and navigate to software piracy reporting page on the publisher's website. Depending on the publisher, you may be able send an e-mail to a particular e-mail address for reporting piracy or you may be able to fill out an online form.

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