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Posted 07 January 2005 - 08:11 AM
Posted 07 January 2005 - 10:48 AM
This however might not be such a good attitude, no insult intended. It just that it confuses a already complex issue even more.
Software Piracy = a Criminal Act that's no different than robbing someone of money or other property.
Which I think is particularly rich coming from Microsoft. To make it even better I found this: Microsoft convicted of software piracy
and unfair competition.
Software piracy (the unlawful copying and distribution of software products), is the Bogeyman of the industry,
Although mainstream media has a habit of using liberally terms like "pirate," "cracker," and "hacker," the computer-literate community knows better. The term "pirate," as in "software pirate," relates to individuals who unlawfully distribute copyrighted software, either for lucrative reasons or not. A "cracker" is a person who removes or bypasses protections on software packages or on remote networks, and although protection removal is an integral part of a pirate's trade, it is not an illicit activity on its own. There are many people who indulge in "cracking" just for the challenge of it.
Finally, "a hacker" is a skilled computer enthusiast who delights in discovering new possibilities for hardware and software. Far from being criminals, true hackers are, and have been, the pioneers of computer technology. Many of the early hackers are now respected developers and hardware/software engineers. Many more are still involved in the underground demo world and Public Domain (shareware and freeware) software scenes.
In Redmond's eyes, a million pirated installs of Windows NT may still be preferable to a million installs of Linux.
Posted 08 January 2005 - 05:50 AM
Posted 08 January 2005 - 06:27 AM
Posted 08 January 2005 - 10:51 AM
Posted 08 January 2005 - 12:37 PM
for just about every software application or Operating System, there are free equivalents
Current systems: WHAT OS, BackTrack-raw, PCLinuxOS, Peppermint OS 6, Kali Linux
and a custom Linux From Scratch server hosting a bunch of top secret stuff.
Posted 08 January 2005 - 11:05 PM
But see there is a difference between hardware and software. If you steal a few PC's then yes, they are losing money in "physical" terms. When you buy a pc your paying for the harware(mostly). When you buy software your paying for the work. If you were never going to buy the software in the first place, then no one is losing any money.
According to your rational, you won't mind then either if
the waif down the street steals your computer
and pirated software too because the waif is also too poor to buy them.
It's not as though the waif was going to buy the system from you,
so you didn't lose any money either...
Perceived poverty is no excuse for criminal behavior.
(I do hope you get a very good job and maybe your mindset will change.)
Edited by Ataryu, 08 January 2005 - 11:08 PM.
Posted 08 January 2005 - 11:27 PM
Posted 08 January 2005 - 11:56 PM
The laws are so unjust concerning whats right and wrong.It's illegal for me to watch a DVD (that i bought legally) on my Linux computer.Now, does that make any sense to anyone??
When you buy software your paying for the work. If you were never going to buy the software in the first place, then no one is losing any money.
Posted 09 January 2005 - 12:15 AM
...That's not even worthy of debate. Theft is theft.
Posted 09 January 2005 - 02:54 AM
I think the best step forward in the "fight" against software privacy was made when the philosphy of OPEN SOURCE was developed. The proliferation of excellent FREEWARE has resulted.
What's your opinion on software piracy?
Edited by phawgg, 09 January 2005 - 02:57 AM.
Posted 10 January 2005 - 08:45 PM
Posted 10 January 2005 - 10:59 PM
Edited by scarlett, 10 January 2005 - 11:01 PM.
Posted 10 January 2005 - 11:21 PM
Edited by KoanYorel, 11 January 2005 - 02:00 AM.
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