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Multimedia, AV ABC.net.au has published an article titled "The Case for Piracy". The writer shows how copyright has been hijacked by corporations and that publishers are their own worst enemies. "One of the main reasons we all have anti-piracy slogans embedded in our brains is because the music industry chose to try and protect its existing market and revenue streams at all costs and marginalise and vilify those who didn't want to conform to the harsh new rules being set."
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Gullible Jones
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2006-05-23

Putting aside the absurdity of the above statement about FOSS software quality... Well, I can't speak for other Linux/BSD users; but using Linux certainly didn't stop me from downloading stuff off Youtube, etc. What stopped me was realizing that I wouldn't want someone violating the terms of distribution of artwork I created. Do unto others, etc.

I also have to point out the vast majority of really good FOSS applications are cross platform, and available to Windows users (and often Mac users) as well.

OTOH, most frequently pirated Windows (and Mac) software won't even work on Linux, so as far as software piracy goes it's all kind of moot.

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