[Linux-aus] Young Aussies say pirated software is OK

Barry Williams bazzawill at gmail.com
Sun Feb 8 08:40:52 EST 2009

On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 11:57 PM, Jon 'maddog' Hall <maddog at li.org> wrote:
> I travel to a lot of developing nations, and this is also the word that
> I get:  "maddog, all of our software is free software, because we don't
> pay for it anyway."
> This is why I talk less and less about the low cost of Free Software and
> talk more and more about the high value associated with having the
> capability to change the software if you need it, and the ability to
> better integrate your software into your business.  I talk about
> creating local jobs.  I talk about the Business Software Alliance, which
> often swoops down to prosecute software pirates just when the company
> "pirating" the software (sometimes unintentionally through poor license
> tracking) is starting to make some money.
> It is not by coincidence that the rates of software piracy are often
> inversely proportional to the GDP of the country.  People are told in
> developing nations that they need a computer and the Internet to do
> business, then proprietary vendors (and you know who I mean) try charge
> them 300-400 US dollars for a shiny plastic disk that the people know
> only costs about 0.2 USD to make, the former price being about 100 days
> wages for them.
> So now I talk not only about Software Freedom, but Software Slavery.
> People seem to understand slavery much more than they understand freedom
> (as a recent president of the USA often demonstrated), and my talks
> cover how software piracy leads to that slavery.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViGntIpdpyw
> Enjoy!
> md
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Nice video pity about the licence CC-good attribution - good no
derivatives so I am not free to alter the video for my needs?

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