Gamespy har skrevet en artikel om tyveri af software og hvad der gøres for at forhindre det. Låner du f.eks. din Quake 3 CD key ud, er det faktisk også at betragte som ulovligt.
I den første del af deres artikelserie om tyveri af software, har Gamespy koncentreret sig om hvor udbredt problemet egentlig er:

Even in the United States and Western Europe, where the issue is addressed very seriously, the average piracy rate averages 30%-40%, rising up to the 75% range in other regions. Russia and Asia have the most active pirate markets, with peaks of up to 90% of all the their software being illegitimate copies. In 1994, Vietnam and China led the list with astounding 100% and 97% rates respectively. Those rates have since declined over the years (a 1999 survey estimated them at 98% and 91%), but Asian markets are still plagued with enormous piracy rates. Former Soviet countries are also high in this list.

De tidligere østeuropæriske landes store problemer med pirater bliver i høj grad påvist. Gamespy skriver også om de foraltninger lande og stater har taget imod tyverierne. Der er ligefrem skabt en helt ny underbranche; Firmaer der udelukkende beskæftiger sig med tyverisager på internettet:

Maybe the best proof of how software theft has gotten serious is the emergence of a whole business dealing in fighting it. Like car theft or house burglary, software theft is being addressed by third parties instead of just those directly involved. NetRecovery Solutions, for instance, offers exactly these kind of services…

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