There are several different methods of reporting piracy. These methods include contacting watch groups, e-mailing the publisher of the pirated software, calling piracy hotlines, and filling out online forms.
Piracy can cause the software development industry millions of dollars. Resources that could be going toward software development is instead diverted to anti-piracy research which means that it takes longer for new software to be developed. By reporting piracy, users can help protect the software industry.
The first method of reporting piracy is to e-mail the software publisher. Many publishers have a special e-mail that you can use to report suspected piracy. Many times this e-mail is something like email@example.com, where “publisher” is replaced by the name of the company. However, you should look at the publisher’s website to be certain. If you e-mail, you should provide the company with as much information as possible, including the name of the company you suspect is making or selling pirated software, their address and phone number, the contact name for the company, why you suspect piracy, names of suspected pirated products, and number of suspected product installations. You do not have to tell them your name.
Another way of reporting piracy is through an online form on the publisher’s website. Using an online form, you can put in the known information and leave out the unknown. It should be noted that some information, such as the company suspected of piracy’s name and contact information will probably be required. Again, your name and contact information is not required. However, it will be useful for the company to get more information.
You can also report piracy using a watch group’s website. There are global organizations dedicated to ensuring that software is able to be freely and legally distributed. Some of these websites may even offer rewards for tips. Even if rewards are not offered, reporting piracy helps the software companies protect their interests. It also helps consumers by allowing publishers to develop new and upgraded software.
In order to avoid becoming a victim of piracy, there are some simple steps to follow. Be sure you only buy products from the publisher or an authorized retailer. The software should come with a manual and a user license. If you suspect your software is pirated, contact the publisher for more information. They will be able to further assist you.