A global software piracy study by the Business Software Alliance and IDC has found online piracy to be a major threat. Thanks to widespread Internet access, there are over 279 million Internet users in Asia Pacific.
Auction sites, warez groups, spam and P2P systems are aiding unauthorised downloads, copying and distribution.
Warez groups are typically loose, secret confederation of computer enthusiasts, who trade pirated material on Internet.
On the Internet, P2P refers to a type of network that allows a group of computer users to exchange files with each other directly or through a server.