Anti-piracy is term which is used to refer to the infringement of copyright. Copyright is said to be infringed if a person makes use of any work without authorization from the author of such work when the work is protected under copyright laws. Piracy includes making copies of software, contents of CDs and DVDs where it is prohibited, using software meant for home purposes in offices, using of software in more than on PC when licence is provided for only once PC and downloading copyrighted software for free from websites online.
The law against piracy is provided by the Copyright Act, 1957. In case of infringement of a copyright, the law provides for both civil and criminal remedies to the owner of the copyright. The civil remedies provided against piracy are damages, injunction, accounts or other such remedies conferred by law for infringing copyright. Piracy is a cognizable offence and a person can be arrested without warrant for infringing copyright and if found guilty could be imprisoned for a period up to three year and asked to pay fine to the extent of two lakhs.
Counterfeiting is a term used to refer to the manufacture and sale of goods which imitate goods of superior quality in order to gain the advantages of the reputation of the superior goods. Laws in India to protect against and prevent counterfeiting The Trademarks Act 1999, The Copyright Act 1957, The Patents Act 1970, The Designs Act, 2000 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860 are a few examples among many other laws which protect the intellectual properties. Such statutes provide for civil, criminal and administrative mechanism is case of counterfeiting and piracy.