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Piracy Recently The Toronto Star published an article entitled RCMPseizes BBS piracy charges pending The RCMP have possessed allcomputer components belonging to the 90 North bulletin boardsystem in Montreal Quebec The board is accused of allowingpeople the opportunity to download get commercial and beta orcommercial software versions I feel that the RCMP should notcharge people that are linked to computer piracy because thepirated software offers valuable opportunity to programmers andusers Also revenue lost to the large software companies is sucha small amount that the effect wont be greatly felt by them and soit is not worth the policing effort required to track down thepirates When pirates distribute the illegal software one could saythat they are helping than hurting the software companies Bydistributing the software world wide it creates greatadvertisement for the software companies and their productsAlthough the software company is losing profits from thatparticular version it could generate future sales with otherversions Also when the pirates distribute the software this couldbe a great source of test data for the software companies This isan effective way to catch any unfounded bugs in the softwareprogram From debugging to hacking hackers can benefit the mostThey can study and learn from the advancements with in theprogramming So what does all this activity tell us This tells us thepeople are willing to go to great lengths to get software at alower cost or possibly in exchange for other software and thatthey are succeeding in their efforts Although more than 50 oftheir software income is from other companies which do not piratethis poses a problem for the software industries By fining asingle bulletin board out of the thousands in North America therewould be little accomplished Not to mention the fact the it isextremely difficult to prove and convict people under the CopyrightAct In todays society revenue from software is such a smallincome source for corporations such as WordPerfect Corp Thesecompanies make their money mainly
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