What is warez? - Definition from WhatIs.com
Part of the Business terms glossary:

Warez (pronounced as though spelled "wares" or possibly by some pronounced like the city of "Juarez") is a term used by software "pirates" to describe software that has been stripped of its copy-protection and made available on the Internet for downloading. People who create warez sites sometimes call them "warez sitez" and use "z" in other pluralizations.

According to the International Planning & Research Corporation, warez Web sites cost software vendors $11.8 billion in 2001. The most popular downloads at warez sites include applications from major vendors such as Microsoft, Symantec, Macromedia, and Adobe Systems. The vendors have joined forces with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) to successfully close a loophole in Internet law that allowed warez distributors to avoid legal prosecution as long as they didn't profit monetarily from their distributions. (Use of warez software is also illegal and may result in a jail sentence.)

Warez should not be confused with shareware or freeware software applications, which are legal and may be freely copied and distributed.

This was last updated in September 2005
Contributor(s): Mike Siekkinen
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • exit strategy

    - An exit strategy is a planned approach to terminating a situation in a way that will maximize benefit or minimize damage. (WhatIs.com)

  • age of the customer

    - Age of the customer is the concept that consumers are more empowered than ever because they can access information about products and services over the Internet in real time.  (SearchCRM.com)

  • enterprise search

    - Enterprise search is the organized retrieval of structured and unstructured data within an organization. (WhatIs.com)

Glossaries

  • Business terms

    - Terms related to business, including definitions about project management and words and phrases about human resources, finance and vertical industries.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question About warezPowered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.