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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sparkyERTW
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2010-06-09

Well said. The thing that aggravates me to know end is picking up a movie on physical media or heading to theater and before the movie plays, I'm forced - literally given no option to bypass - a PSA talking pontificating how wrong it is to pirate movies... a movie I just PAID to watch.

I don't get angry at the producers, directors, cast members (okay, maybe a little angry at the stars that garner double-digit millions in salary for a few months of work where they're treated like gods the whole time); I fully realize it's the studio execs, marketing departments, etc. But it doesn't make it any less reprehensible.

Anyway, back on the topic of software...

The same thing is true in the software world. It's rarely the tech staff that want DRM; it's almost always the distributors/publishers/etc.

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