Piracy was Re: HH drives

From: Paul Berger <sanepsycho_at_globaldialog.com>
Date: Tue Apr 15 18:39:00 2003

On Mon, 2003-03-10 at 16:46, Lawrence Walker wrote:
> Why does this legalistic crap with high moral tone
> forever come up on the list. For the most part almost
> all old computer collectors are using programs illegally.
> a thousand others sitting on a program which they won't
> put into public domain due to not giving a shit about the
> end user.

I usually take the extremely legalistic point of view to highlight to
people that the current system of copyright is broken, and only getting
more so to protect the interests of a few.

Whenever I catch somebody I know doing something that is technically
illegal I point out this fact most strenuous and let them know they can
get a criminal records, do jail time and receive millions in fines if
somebody takes offense at what they are doing. I will then suggest that
if they think this is wrong they should contact their representative and
suggest things be changed.

Most shrug, figure I'm a kook (probably right) and don't do a damn thing
... this is why things won't change.

> Why is there not an similar outcry about companies like
> Lotus or Borland that put out products that were obsoleted
> companies it's tit for tat. Apple and a few others do the
> decent thing but they are the exceptions not the rule.

Borland has released some of their old dos compilers on their community
site, so I would not knock them too much. They sold off the rights to
many of their applications so I would not expect them to release them to
the public.

I'm hoping that the shareware type idea will come back with the rise of
open-source software creating new niches, and the big software companies
charging for support & updates. You don't want support, the software is
free, but if you want somebody to answer questions, you need to pay the
author something.

Received on Tue Apr 15 2003 - 18:39:00 BST

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