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Topic: Piracy and Free Software

First, a systematic disrespect for copyright undermines respect for all licenses which have been of a huge tactical benefit to free software and a increasingly important factor in the success of free culture. Copyleft licenses like the GPL or CC BY-SA have power only because copyright does.

http://www.advogato.org/article/1046.html


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Re: Piracy and Free Software

The average author in Germany made more money in the 18th century WITHOUT copyright compared to the average author in the United Kingdom who with copyright. Copyright was good for a SMALL minority of superstar authors in a similar way of that rule by Kings/Queens/Dukes/Earls/Barons was good for a small minority.

One of the causes of the French revolution was the control of the printing presses by Kings. All items had to be approved otherwise they were "pirate books". Pirate books with new ideas flooded France and attempts to control the population failed.

http://ubuntu-user.com/Online/Blogs/Mar … and-Piracy


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Re: Piracy and Free Software

The book linked below was written over about 8 years while the author tried to find peer-reviewed (ie. universities) articles that proof the benefits of copyright and patents. Over the last 100 years almost all have shown copyrights and patents have a NEGATIVE economic impact.

http://levine.sscnet.ucla.edu/general/i … gainst.htm


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Re: Piracy and Free Software

Many non-profit, non government organizations (NGO), including those who try to express dissent in authoritarian regimes, use popular software like Windows or Microsoft Office for their activities without paying for a regular license, because they have no money. Therefore, charging these organizations for software piracy is an effective way to shut down disturbing voices. They are violating laws, after all.

And if you are thinking "My NGO can't switch to OpenOffice because it messes up the formatting of lots of MS Office documents that we already have, or can't run Office macros"... well, you've just proved my point. Your NGO is an Office drug addict. The very least it should do in order to fulfil its own mission is to not spread that disease to others. Please.

http://stop.zona-m.net/node/200


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Re: Piracy and Free Software

Pirates are not hackers

A software pirate, or computer criminal, is a person that commits some computer-related crime, something that is against the law and can be only done with a computer.

A hacker is a completely different person, instead. A hacker is a person that can’t avoid to tinker with some technology (software, as far as we are concerned). A person that really wants to study how stuff works and how to improve or customize it: what’s wrong, or illegal, about this?

http://stop.zona-m.net/2011/02/pirates- … nts-fault/