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Legal issues relating to use/misuse of ICT

ICT > Impact of ICT

Legal issues relating to use/misuse of ICT and the constraints placed on individuals

Computer crime

Computer crime – that is, crime is only possible because of the widespread use of ICT systems and networks – has increased in variety and extent.

Software piracy

Software piracy is the unauthorized copying using or selling of software without an appropriate license. It includes copying CDs with software or music on them, and downloading software or music without paying for it. These activities are effectively software theft.

Copyright violation

Using the Web you can download music, pictures, animated graphics, videos and books, as well as software. The copyright to some of this material is restricted to its owners. They may sell you the right to copy it, but if you copy it without permission this is effectively theft. The profitability of the music industry has been badly affected by music being freely copied and downloaded over the Web.