5. Myths

" I didn't know so I'm not guilty"

You won't get way with saying ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t know’. If you copy things and pass them off as your own, you are guilty of breaching Copyright..

"If it doesn't have a copyright notice, it is not copyrighted."

Nope, you won't get away with this one either. Any original work is copyright, whether it has a copyright notice on or not. If something looks copyright then you should assume that it is.

"If I don't charge for it, I can copy it’
False. It doesn't matter if you charge someone or not, copying is copying is copying, whichever way you look at it.

Breaking the copyright laws can result in very heavy penalties - you can get a hefty fine and even get sent to jail!


Challenge see if you can find out one extra fact on this topic that we haven't already told you

Click on this link: Software Piracy