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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Federation Against Software Theft
by MOS6510 on Tue 22nd May 2012 12:22 UTC
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federation_Against_Software_Theft

I used to read Zzap!64 ( http://www.zzap64.co.uk/ ) which sometimes featured FAST "advertisements". There were on comic form and were actually very creepy.

One time these 2 kids found a stand in a market where they discovered the bloke was selling ILLEGAL software. The kids called FAST and the bloke was arrested. The kids were very proud.

A quick search found one, creepy or what:

http://www.ntk.net/2002/11/29/elspa.gif

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

"Creepy" ...WTH, that gif feels like something I would expect from Red Guard slogans (“Parents may love me, but not as much as Chairman Mao”) and actions, or how Cheka and its successors sometimes encouraged "reporting" neighbours.

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