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To: IncPen
None of this would be considered necessary if not for the dishonest and greedy people who want to enjoy the fruits of other people's labor without paying for it.

Dishonest people imposes costs on all of us.

7 posted on 12/23/2006 5:59:00 PM PST by Logophile
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To: Logophile

Pirates drive innovation, on both sides.

All of the DRM stuff that Vista inflicts will be hacked, bet on it.

Thank God for Open Office, no more Micro$oft Word or Excel or Access for me.


10 posted on 12/23/2006 6:06:26 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Pro Evolution, Pro Stem Cell Research, Pro Science, Pro Free Thought, and Conservative)
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To: Logophile

Without paying what for it? Who decides a product's value, the market or the marketeers? The file sharing flap was the market telling the marketeers that their product was only worth stealing.

I will not buy a virtual product. If it ain't a hard copy than I ain't buyin' it.

Either we are equal or we are not. Good people ought to be armed where they will, with wits and guns. Merry Christmas.


11 posted on 12/23/2006 6:13:55 PM PST by dhuffman@awod.com (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: Logophile

That I agree with, but let's face it, even if the majority of people are honest, the dishonest ones can indeed force cost on all of us as a simple result of even a small percentage of dishonest people being a huge number worldwide!


13 posted on 12/23/2006 6:16:15 PM PST by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: Logophile
Dishonest people imposes costs on all of us.

The rise of MP3s, Napster, and the internet as an information sharing device is the result of a dam of information filled past the point of bursting.

That dam was held in place by legislation which favored monopolistic interests, the market be damned.

I don't steal music or movies, because frankly I think most of what those industries spit out is crap.

But I firmly believe the music, film, video, television and news businesses in this country have no one but themselves to blame for what's happening to them.

And I, for one, am enjoying the hell out of it.

One more thing: it's the thinking that put those industries in the situation that they're in that's going to be the undoing of Bill Gates and his monstrous abominations of software.

21 posted on 12/23/2006 6:26:57 PM PST by IncPen (When Al Gore Finished the Internet, he invented Global Warming)
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To: Logophile
None of this would be considered necessary if not for the dishonest and greedy people who want to enjoy the fruits of other people's labor without paying for it.

Exactly. First example: the Walt Disney Corporation. For decades now the employees of Walt Disney have been reaping wild profits off of intellectual property they had no hand in creating. Almost all of the creators of the classic Disney characters are dead, yet these corporate types still leech off of ideas that they never had anything to do with. How? By paying/bribing Congress to extend copyright protection well beyond any reasonable duration. Why should Michael Eisner have made millions off of Mickey Mouse, which he neither created, bought, nor had anything to do with the popularity of? Return copyright to the original 7 years set by the Founding Fathers (or even to the life of the originator), and all of this mess would go away. Instead, copyright leeches are trying hard to use the force of government to make money off of ideas they never had anything to do with in the first place...

41 posted on 12/23/2006 7:24:47 PM PST by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwt! Lr bi mst hord, solce!)
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So all us us must be punished. Sheer Genius. (sarcasm)


74 posted on 12/23/2006 10:36:21 PM PST by packrat35 (guest worker/day worker=SlaveMart)
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