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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Software piracy- what would you do?

by MeowChow (Vicar)
on Jun 05, 2001 at 03:10 UTC ( #85655=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Re: Re: Software piracy- what would you do?
in thread Software piracy- what would you do?

Fine, if you'd prefer a felony, how about selling marijuana? My point is that you are already comparing apples and oranges. "Online theft" (as you call it) is not comparable to physical burglary, despite what Metallica would like you to believe.

"Officer, he stole my joint!" :-)

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Software piracy- what would you do?
by da (Friar) on Jun 05, 2001 at 12:25 UTC
    > > > "Officer, he stole my joint!"

    Hee hee.

    > > > "Online theft" (as you call it) is not comparable to physical burglary, despite what Metallica would like you to believe.

    Intellectual property can (and does) translate directly into food on the table as well as free time to work on fun projects. Reducing somebody's ability to earn income from their work is equivalent to taking their cash or their time. As an author, you probably wouldn't miss the $0.50 from one particular sale. But as you said, it isn't a tangible stereo, it's intangible data; the value depends entirely on what people are willing to pay for it.

    If there is an attitude that your work is not respected, including your wishes for how it's shared, the existing trust (that you the author will be able to continue making a living as an author; that others will not copy your work and call it their own) will go out the window.

    These ideas are bastardized from The Cathedral and the Bazaar which you can (and should) read at the above link. This part is particularly relevant to the discussion of trust among programmers.

    ___
    -DA

      Officer, he stole my joint!
      Hee hee.
      I know some people, who in the 70's grew pot in their back yard, not for selling, just for personal use. One day they go out back to find the plant missing, and a set of very obvious drag marks from where the pot was in their yard, to the back neighbor's back door. -Ted

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