Our motivation in supporting antipiracy movement together with the commercial software companies,music industry and film industry is our obligation to our product users, our partners, and these industries at large.
Piracy threatens development and innovation by cheating legitimate software developers,musicians and artists alike, film producers, production companies, etc., out of the rights and rewards of their valuable and hard-earned work. The loss of jobs, wages, tax revenues and critical investments in new technologies are just some of the possible destructive results of piracy.
Piracy may harm everyone of us including consumers, honest resellers, the software industry and the national and local economies, not to mention the threats of organized crime connected to large scale piracy.Piracy is stealing. If you or your company is caught copying and/or distributing illegal copies of software, music or film, you could be held liable under both civil and criminal laws. If the owner decides to sue you or your company, the owner can seek to stop you from using/distributing its software, music or film immediately and can also request monetary damages. The owner may then choose between actual damages, which includes the amount it has lost because of your infringement (as well as any of your profits attributable to the infringement), and statutory damages, which can be millions of dollars in cases of willful infringement. In addition, the government can criminally prosecute copyright infringement. If convicted, infringers can be fined up to $250,000, or sentenced to prison for up to five years, or both. Repeat offenders can be imprisoned for up to 10 years.