Pirating (Useless. Was: [RC5] Win32: feature creep

Anssi Saari as at cs.tut.fi
Mon Nov 24 19:27:51 EST 1997


 
> Sigh...why did I pay $2500 for my laptop when I could have
> lifted one from the neighbors for free?
> 
> Why did I pay $1000 for my car when I could have lifted one
> from the neighbors for free?

There is a difference. If you steal someone's laptop or car, they don't
have it any more. If you copy software from them, they still have it. They
didn't lose anything. 

As for the software company that made the program, did they lose anything?
Only if the pirate would have bought the software.
 
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