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

John Ragland tachyon at icom.net
Sun Nov 30 02:23:06 EST 1997


On Wed, 26 Nov 97 13:47:36 -0600, you wrote:

>     Last on this, you seem to be confused about the difference between not 
>     choosing to trade for a product and choosing to receive a product 
>     without paying for it.  That you did not purchase Word is a case of 
>     the former.  If you were to nevertheless possess it would be a case of 
>     the latter.  If you possessed an unpurchased copy of Word, then you 
>     would be a pirate and would have eroded the income of Microsoft 
>     associated with the Word product.  That you have neither purchased the 
>     product nor possess the product indicates that you are fuzzy on this 
>     distinction.
>     
>     Finally, you appear to be confused about the meaning of the word 
>     piracy.  If you do not possess pirated software, then it would be 
>     difficult to say that you are engaging in software piracy.  Your 
>     assumption that my statements regarding software piracy apply to you 
>     in instances where no piracy have occurred weaken the prima facia 
>     nature of your statements.  My reasoning, as you put it, is that the 
>     promotion of widespread piracy through faulty logic and 
>     rationalization costs software developers millions of dollars, and 
>     this is verifiable.

I will never use Word and will never buy it. According to your logic,
if I have a copy of it, I have cost its developers money which is not
true.
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