An estimated 1.2 billion Americans have used pirated or stolen software since the first version of the software was released in 2007, according to an advocacy group.
But, as the Times of Indian reported, Amazon is trying to push it underground by forcing some of its software distributors to sell it on its website for only $6 a year.
The company has also said it would start paying for its software to be delivered to customers via the mail, instead of through the internet.
The move would allow Amazon to continue its “free delivery” model, which it claims would boost its revenue by about $50 million a year.
“Amazon has the best reputation for not caring about copyright law.
Amazon does not care about any of the rules and has been the only major company to have not been sued in the United States for copyright infringement,” wrote the group, Digital Citizens Alliance.
“The company is even trying to use its control over the Amazon marketplace to steal customers’ livelihoods.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The groups filing with the Justice Department is one of several steps Amazon is taking to curb piracy.
It is also one of the companies that has been accused of making some of the world’s biggest and most lucrative products available for sale on its online shopping platform.
The online giant’s recent actions are a direct challenge to Apple’s dominance as the dominant player in the market for personal computers.
Apple has said that it does not pay Amazon to deliver its products to customers, and has called the company’s pricing practices “illegal.”
The group said Amazon’s pricing system for software violates antitrust laws.
“The company continues to exploit this situation by refusing to pay Amazon for software it makes available for its customers,” the advocacy group wrote.
“Amazon is taking advantage of the situation to steal away customers’ money.
It should be stopped.”