Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Jan 2011 12:02 UTC
Multimedia, AV I generally need a billion words to explain the problems inherit in the current copyright system. Joss Stone needs just one minute. "I don't care how you hear it - as long as you hear it." Can we please appoint Ms Stone as supreme overlord of the universe?
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sj87
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2007-12-16

I am not a software developer, only a humble programmer, but to say that piracy can ever be good or that it does not hurt the sales and profit of a software company is totally stupid.

Depends, really.

Microsoft allows piracy every now and then so that people wouldn't learn anything else. After all, they might be the same people who get to decide on what software their company or the local school will be running. It's also to prevent the "Linux cancer" from spreading.

Can you say teenagers pirating Photoshop hurts Adobe's income rate or Photoshop sales? No. On the other hand, some of them will grow up to be masters in graphics design. And which app will they then buy?

Neither would we (not me!!) buy all the movies or music we come around through torrent sites and such. Sure, we would buy loads more. Maybe.

But the people, who don't necessarily consume mainstream entertainment, might also never get to know the stuff without piracy being easy.

Of my current musical taste probably like 60-80 % is due to me downloading songs on the net. Buying random music and movies would become very expensive very fast.

I also buy records, though not for the "full prize" of 20-25 euros, only music that comes without the extra tax of record labels'.

I would also consider renting movies instead of warezing them, but only if they were around in HD and without DRM. That's my attitude.

On the software side: I'm a Linux user and like to stick with open source software. Only last week I changed my graphics card drivers from properietary to open (Nvidia blob -> Nouveau).

Aside Linux, I've got a legal Windows 7 installation aswell. I even bought some games from Steam sales.

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But think about this: as a student I never/rarely have extra money to spend. If I spent 100 € on movies, then I would not spend it on something else. It might be my cancelling my personal trainer and go jogging. He wouldn't be there crying I just stole from him.

Edited 2011-01-17 13:46 UTC

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Microsoft allows piracy every now and then so that people wouldn't learn anything else. After all, they might be the same people who get to decide on what software their company or the local school will be running. It's also to prevent the "Linux cancer" from spreading.

Heh, it's ironic how you said that. You know, in that way, piracy could be thought of as one of the "cancers" that allows Microsoft to spread. Some other "cancers" would be their stronghold on the market and OEMs to get their OS on everyone's machines and their massive wallet for bribing and advertising.

If the Linux kernel (or, as they were probably talking about, a typical Linux-based distribution) is the only "cancer" Microsoft has to worry about, then what the hell is the problem? Us Linux users have far more Microsoft "cancers" to deal with than they ever had with us.

Obviously, they're just cranky because Linux has made such massive steps to being able to stand on its own as a worthy Windows successor, and their bottom line is on the... eh, line. They've improved Windows with 7, but they need to improve their ways if they want to look good against the freedom Linux provides.

Then again, it has been said that Windows 8 will require a whopping *two times* the power that Windows 7 did, so maybe they really haven't improved it for the long term; just a quick tweak here and there to get it running on netbooks and further eliminate Linux from that space, as well as shutting everyone up about the hog known as Vista, before they get back to their typical bloating ways.

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