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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Comment by tomchr
by tomchr on Tue 22nd May 2012 12:08 UTC
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...and software piracy is an integral reason - if not THE reason - why software companies has flourished so successfully the way that they have. It is not as simple as copyright infringement = loss of sales or simply a question of morals or law. We have factors such as mass distribution, market dominance, penetration and competition that play a significant role. Piracy has also been a means to leveling the playing field between customer and manufacturer.

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