Tuesday, November 23, 2004

It's a free World
Had this discussion with a professor that was quite interesting though I am still not thoroughly convinced. The topic in question was why ethical people often "steal" stuff like software, music etc. His logic was that every time a product is available free through some person we feel that we are being ripped off when some one asks us for money. That's why we never seem to try and get say a laptop free by stealing it from someone else when it might be just as expensive as the software running on it but come software and we are unwilling to shell out even a few hundreds of dollars. His basic point was that by making certain software packages free we have de-valued software in the eyes of people - aiding piracy in the process. As I said, I don't completely agree to the idea but it's definitely an interesting point of view.

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