Counterfeit software can be very difficult to identify as the reproduction of unauthorised copies are often cleverly designed to imitate the manufacturer’s legitimate product so closely that it requires a trained eye to spot the tell-tale signs.
So, what is counterfeit software? The definition of counterfeit software is the illegal copying and distribution of commercial software, via downloads, CD, DVD or any other form of digital formats.
Microsoft has done a great deal of work to help software users protect themselves from illegal sales channels and offer tips and advice to help the user ensure that the software licences they purchase are genuine. The Microsoft ‘How to Tell’ web site provides guidance and advice on what to look for, examples of counterfeit product and a guide on how to purchase genuine software licences plus much more.
Visit the Microsoft 'How to Tell' pages to view real examples of software piracy.
Have you experienced or witnessed software piracy in a professional setting? Report suspected counterfeit software to FAST and you could be due compensation. We can place your business under a stringent counterfeit software report.