Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Jan 2011 12:02 UTC
Multimedia, AV I generally need a billion words to explain the problems inherit in the current copyright system. Joss Stone needs just one minute. "I don't care how you hear it - as long as you hear it." Can we please appoint Ms Stone as supreme overlord of the universe?
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>> Piracy is illegal. Let's get over with that, please. I am not a software developer, only a humble programmer, but to say that piracy can ever be good or that it does not hurt the sales and profit of a software company is totally stupid.

Yes, it is definitely illegal. That it hurts sales and profits is debatable. If Microsoft had come down hard during the initial mass deployments of windows, would they have ultimately been as successful as they are?

Did they know office was very widely pirated? Of course they did. But since the value of the software is in the sales they realize, not the per product deployed I would argue that piracy actually helped their overall sales in the end.

The problem with general, sweeping statements is that they do not fit all cases. If you are a developer of niche software and your software is widely pirated and rarely purchased, you are hurt. If you are a huge company then piracy isn't that painful.


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