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Is Piracy Good??

Posted by Madhuresh on August 26, 2007

            We all know that software piracy is illegal. A 10-year-old kid was sued by RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for downloading free music in Florida; there are lawsuits against developers of P2P networks and Web sites.

            Though some people buy software’s or use freeware. I don’t think one can completely stop people from pirating software – considering that many software products costs more than the average pc today!

It’s Easy, It’s Fun, It’s Illegal!

             Most of us in India have a lot of pirated software on our computers, and part of the reason is that we really cannot afford to pay for even software that is cheap by American standards – $10 is Rs 450! Obtaining working software has become the simplest thing on earth – just go to a download site such as http://www.xyz.com, download the software. And then hit Google or Yahoo Search. Looking for cracks.

When i asked this question to few people,i get another set of question?

 “…Do you seriously expect me to believe that you do not pirate yourself?”

 “…The cyber laws in India are very weak, we can get away! ” 

“…There are thousands of people doing it. How do u expect them to catch me!”

 You’re Breaking The Law         

          It’s important to realize that by downloading a crack for software, or using someone else’s license key to unlock software is illegal. Though Cyber Law in India is weak but laws across globe vary and generally the punishment could be a hefty fine and jail time.

Oh Shush, You Little **** Activist! Piracy is Good.

                   Me and my friend had a discussion on this topic and this is how the discussion started. 

 Me: So how can piracy be good? Good for you, yes but not good for the poor developer
She: Nope, Piracy is good for the software developers themselves, I mean, it’s good for me, but it’s a lot more beneficial to the big software companies.

 Me: Oh really, how? Do you know how many billions of US dollars of profit they loose because of piracy? It’s like 5 million a year (that was a complete shot in the dark!)
She: Sure, but how many billions more do they make with more sales?

 Me: That is not a valid argument: it’s like saying since 3 lakh Indians pay tax, why should the government want tax from the rest of the population?
She: No, taxes are different. You agree to pay them, but when it comes to software, I don’t have to use it; I could choose not to use paid software at all!

 Me: So why don’t you?
She: Because I am keeping the balance of good and evil in the world! What do you think, dummy? It’s because there are popular software that are easy to use and the not-so-popular freeware that are a lot harder to get used to! I like to keep it simple.
 

 Me: So piracy is justified for you because you’re lazy?
She:
no. Piracy is justified for me because I want to use the same software at home as I do at work, My Company will not buy me a copy for home, so I pirate it!
 

 Me: Wha… huh.. Umm…that’s the most idiotic thing I have ever heard! Why cant you just use the logic and listen to what you are saying!
She: What I’m saying is logical. Perhaps you are not getting it. Tell me why software companies have not made un-crackable software products till date?
 

 Me: Because they can’t, but they will probably be able to do so soon enough!
She: Wrong! They haven’t because they just don’t want to! Do you seriously believe that they couldn’t, at the least, make it a lot harder to crack the software? I mean, how come a crack or patch is available in a week from when the software is released? Look at the bigger picture 
 

 Me: There’s a bigger picture? I thought software vendors losing billions of dollars was the biggest picture!
She: Fine! Let me use an example to make you understand. Ok let’s say Microsoft makes a Windows version that is un-crackable. Let’s say it’s Vista for this example. What happens then?

 Me: Everyone buys Vista?      
She: A lot of people will start using LINUX or stick to their older version which is running fine.
 

Me: Umm… maybe. But we’re talking majority here not minorities.
She: Minority? I’m no techie, but I have installed Linux and I found openoffice much as Microsoft office! See

Me: No I don’t see!
She:
Use your imagination! What would happen if  I started using freeware only at home. Take your example don’t you use same software that in your college that you use at your home.
 

Me: Yeah I do, So?
She:
Now imagine the whole world doing it. All the companies would love to save money on software!
 
 

Me: ok! So a lot of people start using freeware. How’s that bad?
She:
It is then whom do u sell the software to? If everyone is using freeware. With piracy at least there is some sales.

 Me: Ouch!!!

             As I dejectedly stomped my way back, the logic she had used to reach her conclusion started to sink in. she has a valid point. I know that despite losing the debate, software piracy is still bad, and against the law, but I cannot help but wonder how beneficial it’s been to big software development companies.

Though I haven’t found my answer- and I doubt anyone will ever concrete evidence to prove it either way- I now have a possible answer to the question, “is piracy good?”   

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A New Beginning…..

Posted by Madhuresh on August 11, 2007

On 25th july at 2am as i was just about to open the door something struck me!!A realisation that for the first time in my life i had not “CRIED” at the airport.Generally very emotional,cannot control or hide emotions especially when a freind so close to my heart was leaving.However,today was different it was not that i had controlled myself,i just wasnt feeling any emotions that very moment.In past few friends close to me kept telling “We see a different madhuresh”,never had i really concentrated on those line but now i realise!!!!Realise that….

“i have really changed”,i was still at the door wondering whether this change is for the good or the bad!!The whole scene of dinesh leaving and then pavan,rajini and most importantly seshu getting emotional had again rebuild and in the corner i was standing without any expression.

Asking myself questions like “why had i not become emotional?have i really changed so much?” i entered the room.A few steps ahead came the answer “For me this guy loved challenges and in US  he would get plenty of them.Pretty sure and confident that he would take things to a newer horizon far beyond than i have even dreamed off..It was a NEW BEGINNING”.

This Beginning was not only for him for all of us,yes all pavan,som,sheshu ani and me.

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