Lets say you purchased software in the 90s or early 2000s, but lost the license key and or the disc. Another possibility is the company is no longer supporting and or does not provide older versions of its software.
What you do have:
- the receipt with your name on it.
- the box from over 15 years ago.
- a statement from your bank proving it was purchased with a credit card with your name on it with the same date as the receipt.
The computer with this software crashes and the license key is lost in a unrecoverable hard drive.
In layman's terms, is it illegal to pirate the software by some means and crack it to get the product that was paid for to work?
To be clear in this scenario, the item in question is a box with a CD containing the software and inside the same box a key is included to activate said software. This box is purchased from a retail store.
The pirated software will only be used by the original owner as a replacement and not distributed or sold.
Is it illegal to create an unauthorized copy of the software.
Is it illegal to circumvent the software license key checks?
Is the receipt enough to prove you own the key and if not why?
Is there law to protect the consumer from having to purchase the software twice in this situation?