Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Aug 2010 22:09 UTC
Legal Despite doing what I think are some great things for the American people, the Obama administration has a dark side. Joe Biden and many others on staff come straight from the RIAA camp, and it shows. Today, the Obama administration disregarded every US law relating to theft and copyright by stating that piracy is "flat, unadulterated theft".
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RE[4]: piracy is theft
by nt_jerkface on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 03:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: piracy is theft"
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Explain this to me.

Explain how piracy denies revenue?

Certain types of software cannot be localized in parts of Asia because the piracy rates are too high. There aren't enough paying customers to cover the costs. Too many people download or buy the $2 pirated version on the street and deny the producer revenue.

This is not simply a problem in poor areas either. South Korea is a middle income country but has a culture of piracy which disrupts the software market.

Whether you call it denying revenue, cutting revenue or taking revenue the effect is the same. You're reducing revenue by allowing people to use a $0 clone instead of compensating the producer. 100% piracy completely eliminates revenue for the producer and 0% completely prevents losses from piracy.

Call it whatever you want but piracy can be just as destructive as breaking into a business and stealing the cash register. Whether or not you call it theft or denial of revenue is just semantics.

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