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2016-09-04 03:51 AM
This is not a WAREZ forum
Warez is a common computing and broader cultural term referring to software that has been illegally copied (i.e., pirated software) that has been made available via Internet distribution, for instance, after deactivation of protection codes. Warez is used most commonly as a noun, a plural form of ware (short for computer software), and is intended to be pronounced like the wordwares, /ˈwɛərz/. The circumvention of copy protection (cracking) is an essential step in generating warez, and based on this common mechanism, the software-focused definition has been extended to include other copyright-protected materials, including movies and games. The term warez is not usually used in reference to de novo creation of commercial software counterfeits, or tofile sharing between friends or groups with similar interests, but rather to unauthorized releases by individuals and organized groups of the actual, intact digital products of others.[not verified in body] The term was coined in the 1990s and spread to common use by members of the underground computer circles, but has since become commonplace among Internet users and the mass media.[not verified in body] The global array of warez groups has been referred to as "The Scene," deriving from its earlier description as "the warez scene." Distribution and trade of copyrighted works without payment of fees or royalties generally violates national and international copyright laws and agreements. The term warez covers supported as well as unsupported (abandonware) items, and legal prohibitions governing creation and distribution of warez cover both profit-driven and "enthusiast" generators and distributors of such items. More than 80 individuals have been prosecuted and convicted in the U.S. for trade in warez products,[needs update] for movie and software pirating in particular, with some individuals being imprisoned (including some enthusiast traders).
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2016-09-04 04:26 AM
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