Seemingly removing copy-paste in the future is pretty silly. Dumb like star trek.
The way I see it, entirely new created programs, something a user throws together because he needs a tool, would probably be pretty easy to just give to someone else...when you have some downtime.(fuck if you're going to take your weapons offline to give them to someone else while fighting a cyber)
Then there's opensource freeware. It is, by definition, open to everyone.
On the other hand, the GOOD stuff, the pre-crash utilities? Company'd likely want you to give them money. And either require a CDkey, or a server-authorization check. I'd say, yeah, they can be cracked and propogated with effort. In fact, there are sites dedicated to that. I don't see them stopping when they're essental to survival. I kind of alluded to ebaums as being a rip-off black market in a previous thread.
But attaining a fully functional piece of updated software? Thats a quest in it's own. A plothook, if you will. You stumble across a text file with a registration key, and a cryptic hint as to what it's for, but not the software. Or perhaps you're trying to find your way to the Kapersky webfort in order to verify some trial versions you looted from a damaged ftp node in a previous adventure - the advantages of a (possibly) working hyperlink tunnel being formed by running the update procedure, or co-opting that code for something would be worth checking out.
The ooc version. Gear should be fairly simple. It should work, period. But good stuff, better versions? Might be cool to have little quirks to them. Take some effort to unlock something really cool. Just some possibilities for breaking the norm.