Difference between pirated and counterfeit software

what is the difference between pirated and counterfeit software?

Counterfeit software Pirated software
In English, the pirate can be a noun, a verb or an adjective.


In English, the piracy is a noun.
As a noun the word pirate is considered to a individual who commits piracy – in generally, but not exclusively, in the original sense.


Piracy is considered as a crime. The actual meaning of piracy is robbery at sea – normally involving hostile boarding and theft of cargo etc.


Piracy doesn’t pretend to be a brand. Counterfeiting pretends to be a brand
involve selling Software Piracy doesn’t always involve selling software
Counterfeiting mostly violates trademark law. Piracy mostly violates copyright law
Counterfeiting is usually done with the intent to cheat the consumer Piracy usually doesn’t cheat the customer/consumer.
Counterfeiting makes a software that is similar to original when we see it with a normal eye, but these kind of software pretend that as if it was made by the brand. Piracy makes an exact copy of the original software such as a pdf file or a movie file.

Types of Software Piracy

  1. Softlifting: The softlifting is the sharing of a software with a person who is not authorized by the license agreement to use it.
  2. Hard disk loading
  3. Renting: Renting involves a person renting out a copy of software for temporary use, without the consent of the copyright holder of the software.
  4. OEM unbundling: selling stand-alone software originally meant to be comprised with a specific associated software.
  5. Counterfeiting: Counterfeiting means producing fake copies of a software, making it look authentic to the user of the software.
  6. Online piracy

Disadvantages of using pirated software?

  1. Use of pirated software leads to the Violation of the law and breaking the intellectual rights of software authors.
  2. Use of pirated software can damage to computer and other security threats or also possible. Example is spreading malware due to the use of pirated software on your PC.
  3. Use of pirated software can damage to computer by spreading the spyware which allows access to personal and confidential data without knowledge of the computer user.
  4. Mostly customers/user are not be supported with technical help if they are using pirated.
  5. The pirated software are Illegally obtained by someone and that’s why may not work properly.

Countries ranking regarding Software piracy rate

Piracy rate = total number of units of pirated software / total number of software installed

  1. Armenia
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Moldova
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Zimbabwe
  6. Sri Lanka
  7. Yemen
  8. Libya
  9. Venezuela
  10. Vietnam
  11. Iraq
  12. Cameroon
  13. Indonesia
  14. Pakistan
  15. Algeria
  16. Ukraine
  17. Nigeria
  18. Paraguay
  19. Botswana
  20. Bolivia
  21. China
  22. Zambia
  23. El Salvador
  24. Kenya
  25. Cote d’Ivoire
  26. Senegal
  27. Guatemala
  28. Nicaragua
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Kazakhstan
  31. Thailand
  32. Albania
  33. Serbia and Montenegro
  34. Tunisia
  35. Panama
  36. Argentina
  37. Honduras
  38. Lebanon
  39. Russia
  40. Former Spanish colonies average
  41. Peru
  42. OPEC countries average
  43. Philippines
  44. India
  45. Uruguay
  46. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  47. Bulgaria
  48. Romania
  49. Morocco
  50. Emerging markets average
  51. Ecuador
  52. Chile
  53. Turkey
  54. Middle Eastern and North Africa average
  55. Kuwait
  56. Costa Rica
  57. Mexico
  58. Oman
  59. Jordan
  60. Egypt
  61. Malaysia
  62. Brazil
  63. Colombia
  64. Greece
  65. Bahrain
  66. Mauritius
  67. Poland
  68. Lithuania
  69. Latvia
  70. Qatar
  71. Croatia
  72. Hong Kong
  73. Estonia
  74. Saudi Arabia
  75. Cyprus
  76. Italy
  77. Slovenia
  78. Iceland
  79. Non-religious countries average
  80. Malta
  81. NATO countries average
  82. Slovakia
  83. Puerto Rico
  84. South Korea
  85. Portugal
  86. Spain
  87. France
  88. Hungary
  89. European Union average
  90. Taiwan
  91. Reunion
  92. Eurozone average
  93. Czech Republic
  94. Singapore
  95. High income OECD countries average
  96. United Arab Emirates
  97. Ireland
  98. South Africa
  99. Canada
  100. Israel
  101. Group of 7 countries (G7) average
  102. Norway
  103. Netherlands
  104. Australia
  105. Germany
  106. United Kingdom
  107. Finland
  108. Denmark
  109. Sweden
  110. Austria
  111. Belgium
  112. Switzerland
  113. Japan
  114. New Zealand
  115. Luxembourg
  116. United States