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Re: Software piracy- what would you do?

by footpad (Monsignor)
on Jun 05, 2001 at 03:09 UTC ( #85654=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Software piracy- what would you do?

If you feel strongly about it, there is also SBA's anti-piracy line.

Personally, I agree with merlyn on this one. Perl is free (thank you, St. Larry), yes, but those that market (and live off of) products, services, books, and other commercial after-market ventures can only survive if they receive fair rumuneration for their efforts. While I appreciate the fact that some software is expensive, I do not believe that software piracy should be ignored.

I understand MeowChow's point of view, however, I disagree with it. If you wish to enjoy the benefits of free software, then you should be able to support those that live by adding value to those products. O'Reilly has clearly added value to Perl; it is wise to help ensure they continue to do by making sure they get paid appropriately.

Finally, there is a very practical reason for alerting the University in question. Since the SBA levies fines up to $150,000 per work infringed, a clever lawyer could easily make infringement of the Bookshelf CD rather painful. (Given the major contributors of the SBA, it's reasonable to suspect they can afford (or borrow) good lawyers.) Also, the University in question may not appreciate the negative publicity.


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