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Windows 7: Pirates Given Sentence

17 Apr 2009   #81
FreakyFerret

 
 

wmacdona, for the most part, I agree with you. However you fail to notice one thing: file sharing, in and of itself, is not illegal is any way. Sharing of copyrighted materials is. A lot of the content on torrents and other file sharing systems is public domain or noncopyrighted material. As one example, look at anime which has been released in Japan and is copyrighted there but has yet to be released in the USA. Until it is released in the USA, it is not illegal to share the property to others within the USA. This does include copyrighted material in Japan. That's how fansubs (or fan subtitled anime) is allowed to exist openly in the USA. Fansubs consist of material that is not yet released in the USA, and so is not copyrighted here yet. Once the material is released in the USA, fansub sites remove their fansubs from their sites and direct users to retail locations selling USA copyrighted material. This is another example of file sharing actually bolstering sales of a product since most anime fans wind up buying the USA released product.

Redsox, I don't have a quote of the law handy, but it should be available on some government website. The only place I would know to find it quickly would be on WestLaw which is a pay for service site. I don't have a subscription there, and if I did, I could not copy material from there as it would violate their copyright. Additionally it's a really old law from back in late 70s early 80s. Good luck finding it.


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17 Apr 2009   #82
mxosder16

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

thanks for the response and the original post FreakyFerret
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17 Apr 2009   #83
FreakyFerret

 
 

Dinesh, pointing out one can't afford the product doesn't negate the legality of the action. As I said earlier, the law doesn't care about intention but only the act of the illegal activity. It's like the homeless guy who steals a slice of bread from a bakery. He needs the food to live or he'll die. It doesn't change that what he did was illegal.

Personally though I think if someone makes $100 a month, it's a bit much to charge them $300 for an O/S. In today's world, if you don't have a relatively up to date computer, you're left out of a lot of things. It's why we have organizations such as One Laptop Per Child (people realize the importance of computers).

Again it all falls into the "individual decisions and morality". I wouldn't put the homeless guy in prison for stealing bread. I'd make sure he had the help he needed to develop his life so he didn't need to steal. I wouldn't condemn impoverished areas (in USA and other countries) for pirating software to empower themselves and better their world. While I think creators of intellectual property deserve to be compensated fairly, just as there is a fine line between thievery and piracy, there's a fine line between fair compensation and greed.


Edit: On the topic of piracy causing higher prices, it could be argued higher prices cause piracy. Which came first: the chicken or the egg. After all, if Microsoft sold Windows 7, full Ultimate version, for $100 instead of $300, how many more copies would they sell? If they sell 3 times as many, they would not lose or gain anything (other than a more loyal customer base maybe).

Doing the math, in July of 2007 (only months after its release), Vista had 60 million copies sold. If they reduced the price by 1/3, they would have to have sold 180 million copies in order to have the same revenue. 120 million people is not that much when you consider the population of the industrialized world. Now, let's speculate if the price was lower, would have the product have sold more than 3 times that volume? If the price was only $99, and Microsoft had sole 240 million copies (not all that unreasonable a number), they would have actually had a profit. How many casual home users would have willingly paid the $99 over the $299 price?

January 2008, 100 million copies sold
May 2008, 140 million copies sold
July 2008, 180 million copies sold
Projected 590 million by 2009's end

Looking at these numbers, we can figure out that sales were roughly 40 million copies a quarter. That's 120 million a year. This calculation is based on old data though. All this is based off a product which by most reviews is failing. So much so Microsoft tried to "rebrand" Vista as Mojave in an ad campaign to get consumers to think of it differently. In March 2008, Microsoft lowered the price of Vista. Since then, sales increased greatly. A clear sign most consumers love a sale (and lowered price).

And I had a point, but it's really late in the day (and week), and my brain just shut down. Oh well. Time to go play some Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. A game that is really old, released over 6 years ago in 2003, and is still played by a large number of people. Hm, what's that say about piracy?
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17 Apr 2009   #84
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Completely agreed.
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17 Apr 2009   #85
blackroseMD1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64
 
 

I think it's hilarious all the people that are talking s*** about TPB on here. If I recall correctly, most of the people on here are using a build of Win7 above 7000. I don't know for sure, but I'm willing to bet that most of you that downloaded those ISOs had a TPB tracker going in your torrent software.

There is no point in debating the ethics of piracy on here. Some people are against it, some people are for it. I needed the CS4 Master Collection for work, but I certainly can't afford to pay thousands of dollars for it. If these companies are that concerned about piracy, maybe they need to put a reasonable price on their products. $20 for a CD with one hit, a couple of good tracks and 8 or 9 tracks of filler? That's not fair to the consumer.
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17 Apr 2009   #86
damoh

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackroseMD1 View Post
I think it's hilarious all the people that are talking s*** about TPB on here. If I recall correctly, most of the people on here are using a build of Win7 above 7000. I don't know for sure, but I'm willing to bet that most of you that downloaded those ISOs had a TPB tracker going in your torrent software.

There is no point in debating the ethics of piracy on here. Some people are against it, some people are for it. I needed the CS4 Master Collection for work, but I certainly can't afford to pay thousands of dollars for it. If these companies are that concerned about piracy, maybe they need to put a reasonable price on their products. $20 for a CD with one hit, a couple of good tracks and 8 or 9 tracks of filler? That's not fair to the consumer.
Exactly
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17 Apr 2009   #87
Colonel Travis

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

I use the pirate sites. And it's not because I think I deserve what I download because the big bad companies are destroying humanity.

I use them because I can.

Big difference between me and all these morons who think they're owed a product or service no matter what. I'd like to visit their house one day and take all the crap I don't have, since it's patently unfair for them to have it and not me, because of any reason of convenience I come up with.
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17 Apr 2009   #88
poin2

Windows7
 
 

I wonder if the U.S. is ever going to crack down on things like YouTube where copyright infringement is technically rampant.

For that matter, it tends to technically be a massive thing at places like MySpace, too.

And for that matter, Google doesn't seem to do a thing to prevent it, even facilitating filetype searches for things like mp3's and torrents.
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17 Apr 2009   #89
mxosder16

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

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I wonder if the U.S. is ever going to crack down on things like YouTube where copyright infringement is technically rampant.

For that matter, it tends to technically be a massive thing at places like MySpace, too.

And for that matter, Google doesn't seem to do a thing to prevent it, even facilitating filetype searches for things like mp3's and torrents.
it's the beginning of the end of the internet!!
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17 Apr 2009   #90
black dog

7068 64 bit + XP Pro
 
 

It is immoral for Governments to tell lies about foreign governments so they can invade them and steal from them. It is immoral to kidnap foreign nationals and pay others to torture them. It is immoral to kidnap foreign nationals and lock them away without charging them with anything...
It is especially immoral to do all that and then claim to be morally superior and have the backing of some supernatural diety, to do so.

The new morality says anything goes, if you can get away with it .

Maybe The Pirate Bay crowd should have claimed to be on a mission from god.
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