Creating a copy and/or selling the copy of any type of software. This includes movies, games, programs, and any other downloadable content that has been copyrighted. In some countries, this is allowed if the copy has been modified for use by the blind or deaf. Also, in some countries the copyright is not valid, so this is technically not against the law in these areas..
Creating a copy of software and giving it to anyone. Once again software is defined by the same aspects as in the first point. Also, for this rule there are certain exceptions in countries where the copyright is invalid.
Creating backup copies of software. In many countries, this is not illegal but in some countries like the US it still is. Although, the US has softened this law to allow temporary backup copies to be created as long as they are not for permanent use.
Leasing the original copy of the software. This means that if you buy any type of software and rent to a friend or family member, it is illegal. You cannot in any way make a profit, unless licensed, by reselling the original copy of the software.
Buying the original copy of the software. According to software creating companies, when you buy their product, you are not buying the actual software but are instead buying the permission from the manufacturer to use the technology. Buying the original copy of the software consists of buying permission to use the software and then selling off the software as your own..
Online sharing of software. This point states that an individual cannot buy the permission to use the software and then post this permission on websites or bulletin boards for others to use. Others must legally buy the permission to use the software, or else itТs considered software piracy.
All in all, software piracy basically points to the fact that if software is used in any illegal way, as stated above, it is punishable by the law.