Linked by David Adams on Thu 30th Sep 2010 20:37 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Pirating Android apps is a long-standing problem. But it seems to be getting worse, even as Google begins to respond much more aggressively. The dilemma: protecting developers' investments, and revenue stream, while keeping an open platform.
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RE: Comment by Bounty
by Morgan on Mon 4th Oct 2010 01:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by Bounty"
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Regarding "piracy" itself, I find it quite interesting that many of the people my age (I'm 33) that I interact with on a daily basis have migrated from obtaining music illegally via Napster or Kazaa 10 years ago, to buying all their downloaded music from iTunes or Amazon today.

And these aren't techies for the most part; just your average Joe Citizens who somehow got steered in the direction of the higher moral standard. I never say anything to them about it though; I just sit back and enjoy seeing my coworkers and friends do the right thing.

As for my own stance on illegally obtaining music and software: I've done it in the past for specific reasons. With music, it was more often than not to sample the entire album before buying. If I didn't like it, I didn't buy it and I deleted what I downloaded (why keep something unwanted?). If I did like it, I'd try first to buy it from the artist's website -- most of what I listen to is indie or self produced anyway -- and if that wasn't possible I'd try Amazon, eMusic or Magnatune. If there was simply no way to buy it (i.e. it was published to the net for free by the artist, or it was a demo that never had an official release) I'd still try to find a way to compensate the band, or at the very least tell them I loved their music. If I really liked them and especially if they were just starting out, I'd buy both a digital and physical copy if available. I just recently did that with the band Versant.

As for software, again it was usually to check out the fully functioning package to ensure it was a necessary purchase, and if so I forked over the cash once I was satisfied with the results. I am leery of subscription-based software packages though; I've only done that model a couple of times and it just never seemed worth a yearly fee to keep the software activated.

Nowadays most of my needs are met by open source software and freeware, and my ultimate goal is the exclusive use of Free Software. I'm almost there, I just need to shake this OS X addiction. Come on Haiku, I believe in you! ;)

Edited 2010-10-04 01:44 UTC

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