Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Aug 2005 17:41 UTC
Windows For the first time, the Windows operating system will wall off some audio and video processes almost completely from users and outside programmers, in hopes of making them harder for hackers to reach. The company is establishing digital security checks that could even shut off a computer's connections to some monitors or televisions if antipiracy procedures that stop high-quality video copying aren't in place.
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RE[2]: Anonymous
by Morgan on Thu 1st Sep 2005 03:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Anonymous"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

Okay, I work in law enforcement, so I'd like to think I know a little about this. It's called "Theft of Services". The letter of the law is thus:

16-8-5.

A person commits the offense of theft of services when by deception and with the intent to avoid payment he knowingly obtains services, accommodations, entertainment, or the use of personal property which is available only for compensation.


There you have it.

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RE[3]: Anonymous
by on Thu 1st Sep 2005 13:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Anonymous"
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A person commits the offense of theft of services when by deception and with the intent to avoid payment he knowingly obtains services, accommodations, entertainment, or the use of personal property which is available only for compensation.

So, in the case of software if a licence to the software is no longer being sold it can be copied without having commited theft?

(Understand that I do not agree with this on moral grounds, though from that text it would seem to be the case. Also note that I am talking about the licence not the media as software can be distributed without physical media and the software companies -- and I've worked at some -- explicitly sell licences not bits and bytes.)

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RE[4]: Anonymous
by Morgan on Fri 2nd Sep 2005 17:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Anonymous"
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2005-06-29

To me, that seems to be a gray area; a company no longer in business wouldn't be able to sell it to you anyway, right? I assume BTW you are speaking of abandonware, for example old DOS and Win95 games that are no longer being sold (or resold by the company that bought them out) or something like MS Office 97 that is no longer being sold by MS. By the letter of the law, you are doing something illegal if you use a pirate key to unlock such old software, even though there is no way to legally register something that old. I don't like it either.

Always keep in mind too that there are OSS or freeware alternatives to just about every piece of commercial software package out there. Most of these don't have all the "features" the commercial software does, but in some cases it can actually be better.

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