Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd May 2012 09:51 UTC
In the News "Over half of PC users worldwide have admitted to using pirate software last year, according to a study by the trade group Business Software Alliance. BSA's ninth annual Global Software Piracy Study has shown a sharp increase in software piracy, especially among emerging economies. In the UK, more than one in four programs users installed in 2011 were unlicensed." If people decide en masse not to adhere to a law, said law is worth about as much as the paper it's written on. Laws become functional not because of the Queen's signature, but because the people decide to adhere to it. It's becoming ever clearer that as far as digital goods go, the law is not functional - for better or worse.
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RE: strange
by Verunks on Tue 22nd May 2012 11:02 UTC in reply to "strange"
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I think that the problem with free alternatives is that they are not used in workplaces, for example if you use microsoft office at work you don't want to use openoffice at home because you don't want to learn two different things or even the other way around if you learn to use microsoft office at home it's a bonus when finding a new job, not many will care if you know how to use openoffice
same can be said for an artist that use photoshop instead of gimp/, a video editor that use premiere/finalcut/sony vegas instead of windows movie maker or a 3d artist that use 3dsmax/maya instead of blender
these softwares usually cost hundreds of euros that can't be afforded by home users so people just pirate them

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