A type of software piracy that occurs when software, which is illegally obtained through Internet channels, usually through peer-to-peer file sharing systems or downloaded from pirate Web sites that make software available for download for free or in exchange for users who uploaded software. Internet software piracy also includes the sale of counterfeit software on Internet auction and classified ads Web sites. Counterfeit software with de-activate the copy-protection that can be obtained through Internet channels is called warez.
See software piracy.
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