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Recently The Toronto Star published an article entitled RCMP seizes BBS piracy charges pending The RCMP have possessed all computer components belonging to the 90 North bulletin board system in Montreal Quebec The board is accused of allowing people the opportunity to download get commercial and beta or commercial software versions I feel that the RCMP should not charge people that are linked to computer piracy because the pirated software offers valuable opportunity to programmers and users Also revenue lost to the large software companies is such a small amount that the effect wont be greatly felt by them and so it is not worth the policing effort required to track down the pirates When pirates distribute the illegal software one could say that they are helping than hurting the software companies By distributing the software world wide it creates great advertisement for the software companies and their products Although the software company is losing profits from that particular version it could generate future sales with other versions Also when the pirates distribute the software this could be a great source of test data for the software companies This is an effective way to catch any unfounded bugs in the software program From debugging to hacking hackers can benefit the most They can study and learn from the advancements with in the programming So what does all this activity tell us This tells us the people are willing to go to great lengths to get software at a lower cost or possibly in exchange for other software and that they are succeeding in their efforts Although more than 50 of their software income is from other companies which do not pirate this poses a problem for the software industries By fining a single bulletin board out of the thousands in North America there would be little accomplished Not to mention the fact the it is extremely difficult to prove and convict people under
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