Software piracy simply means using software without paying for it. In Hong Kong, it is illegal to copy, upload, download, distribute or install computer software without permission.

There is a different license agreement for freeware, shareware and software need to be purchased for use.

Over the Internet, some Warez Dudes distribute a "crack" file for illegally accessing software, which is a criminal act. Software are the developers' creations. A piece of software requires months or even years of development. Only the developers deserve the rewards.