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osOpinion: Software Piracy: An Open-Source User's Perspective

Jan 19, 2000, 06:59 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wesley Parish)

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"Software piracy has image problems. On one side there are those who claim they do it because it's quick and easy, and cheap, and... there are many other reasons they give, many of which you can fill in for yourself. On the other side, there are those who claim that piracy is parasitic on the honest programmers who write the software, and who depend on people paying for it, to make a living."

"I come down on the side of the honest programmers. They come up with the algorithms, they put the hard work into making them work, they put up with their managers - who may not be very technical themselves - playing politics, they have mortgages, they have children to put through school, they deserve compensation for their skills."

"But, what is 'software piracy'? To understand it, you need to understand licensing terms. And retail channels. And things like parallel import restrictions."

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