Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 19th Jun 2007 22:05 UTC
In the News Pocket Informant is one of the most successful PDA applications ever. However, it has not been immune to software piracy. The CEO of WebIS posted an open letter explaining how software piracy is hurting the industry, but also the consumer too and especially small software houses like his.
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by chocobanana on Tue 19th Jun 2007 22:43 UTC
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That's why I now use freeware, oss and pay for the comercial games I play.

What bothers me is that there's lot of people out there that already know about the free alternatives and prefer to use commercial pirated software just out of lazyness or unwilling to learn (the many times) few differences between the mainstream commercial apps and the free ones.

Also preconceptions are a better motive to pirate software instead of using software legally.

The problem is that since software isn't something perceived as a material thing, and since it is so easily available on p2p or warez sites, people don't have to get their hands dirty and it makes it quite compelling to get it pirated. What pirate users don't know is that there's a lot of effort put into the development of these programs. I'm not even talking about big or specialized high-end software companies. I'm talking about guys like the ones from WebIS.

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