You may be a victim of software counterfeiting and never know it. What is software counterfeiting? It's, simply put, software that is cloned to look like to authentic software you wanted to purchase. Bootleg copies of software hit the computer world big when DVD burners came out. Software that has been counterfeited contains copyrighted material that should never be illegally distrubted by anyone else but the sole owners or retailers of this product. How do you know if you have purchased a software that has been counterfeited? This article will help you determine wheter or not the software you own is legit or not.
It's highly possible that you have counterfeit software if you bought the product off the street. Anything that is too good to be true normally is. Counterfeiting is easier than ever nowadays. Street sellers can illegal distrubute products on the street to newcomers to the world of technology. Some consumers honestly think they are getting a good deal. In fact, they are not. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
If the software has many coding, script or errors, it may be counterfeit. When you buy a new software product, you expect for it to run smoothly, as it should. If you have receieved a counterfeit product you may notice more than a few errors in coding or scripts that may stop the software from working properly. In this case, you shold try to return the product or take it to your local computer shop to see if the product is in fact legitimate.
You will know if a software product is counterfeit by comparing retail prices. If you know a guy who knows a guy that can get a copy of the lastest Photoshop legtitmately, you may want to check retail prices before considering the offer. If someone has something that valuble, they aren't just going to sell if for half the price. If you are being offered a ridiculously cheap price for expensive software, it's properly counterfeit.
To ensure that you are getting the correct software, it's usually best to stick to a retail store. Software counterfeiters are getting more clever about how to rip off products to scam a few people. Make sure you always check serial numbers, key numbers and codes to register the product to ensure it's genuine.