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.
Thread beginning with comment 519053
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
I don't need to "pirate" software.
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 22nd May 2012 22:44 UTC
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

I just run Linux.

Hell, I rarely download any copyrighted music, and even more rarely, movies. My entertainment and curiosity is satisfied by just trying out the latest Linux distros. I break Google's YouTube terms of service by downloading the good videos, and I also never see any commercials on their site because I have NoScript active at all times blocking content from unnecessary services, and I cannot browse the Web without AdBlock these days.

But... I rarely see any reason to "pirate" anything.

Reply Score: 3