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July 21, 2004
Software vs. Music Infringement
MIT's Technology Review makes an important point regarding software vs. music/movie copyright infringement (Can Peer-to-Peer Stop Software Piracy?). If you're downloading warez, you never know what you're installing on your system. Could be the game you want, could be a trojan. There are no guarantees. This means that software is better positioned to fight internet infringement.
On its face, offering to sell a piece of software in a forum where users can obtain the same product for free sounds like a futile endeavor. However, the illicit nature and reputation of these networks makes these sales more likely. Heres why: With the possibility for viruses so high when downloading a piece of software from these networks, consumers may be more likely to purchase software from a trusted source. If youre an intellectual property owner, you have to make it as easy to legitimately acquire your product as it is to swipe it, says Garland. People dont care if an MP3 file is Sony sanctioned. But if youre going to do your [finances] with a piece of software, you want to get the real McCoy.
So, explain to me again why the BSA
is so pumped up about the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act
(IICA, née INDUCE Act
via JD Lasica
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