n South African Law Journal - The Internet and the piracy of copyrightable computer software in South Africa : some comparative perspectives

Volume 123, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



The article investigates the copyright of computer software in relation to Internet technology and the technological 'arms race' between software copyright owners and software pirates. Arguments are advanced that a potential user's decision to buy or to pirate is determined by a variety of factors, while the nature of piracy is such that it seems to play a dominant role in the promotion of computer software. The author adopts the view that strong criminal copyright laws directed at Internet technology activities may not be in the best interest of a developing country like South Africa.

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