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Piracy, it's not just for breakfast.

Several days ago, I came across Nick Bradbury: On Piracy. While I knew that there was a problem with piracy of shareware, I hadn't realized how bad it is. What I don't understand is why folks refuse to pay such a reasonable fee for services provided. Have ethics simply evaporated?

Nothing is free. So, what is the price of piracy? When does the cost, trickle back to the pirate? Does it ever?


- no, ethics have not evaporated
- a huge one
- :: shrug ::
- :: shrug ::

One reason most folks do not is that they cannot afford it... or they think they can't. The justifications I have heard that I can't argue with is some other countries with economies unlike the USA's where, like enterFrame's post, it'd take 2 years of work to pay for it, disregarding food, etc.

Another reason, at least in the states, is that it is not enforced. When authorities start enforcing the laws on such things, people will start paying. There isn't looting in the streets for a reason. That is why Microsoft, in my opinion, did what they did with XP; if the government isn't going to help them, they'll take matters into their own hands.

Kristin, not to defend piracy, but many of the countries in which piracy rates are the highest are very poor. Here are two charts showing the relationship between piracy and GDP:




Forgive my ignorance, but if they can't afford $80 for software, how can they affored the computer they are running it on? This is very puzzling to me.