Copyright Protection

The elimination of piracy depends on the U.S. government, software manufacturers, and individual computer users cooperating to make sure that the software running on desktop computers is legal. Several organizations have been founded to protect software. Such organizations include the Business Software Alliance which runs a major antipiracy site.

The Software Publisher Association (SPA) , a division of Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) offers resources to help individuals, educational institutions, and corporations become compliant with the software copyright protection laws. The SPA offers suggestions on corporate user policies and procedures, Internet anti-piracy issues, and international programs. It has been active since the 1980s in preventing piracy. (The image on the right is from a 1980s campaign).

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations charged with promoting the protection of intellectual property worldwide and the administration of several intellectual property treaties. Currently there are 170 members of WIPO.

Two leading software manufacturers, Microsoft and Adobe, have extensive anti-piracy web sites which allow users to report suspected cases of software piracy and to learn of ways to protect themselves.