Focus on Software Piracy Problem

    Date11 Apr 2003
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Lately, the business software industry feels like a bit of an also-ran next to Hollywood's much-spotlighted war on piracy. "We tend to have gotten a little bit lost in the shuffle," said Bob Kruger, vice president of enforcement for the . . . Lately, the business software industry feels like a bit of an also-ran next to Hollywood's much-spotlighted war on piracy. "We tend to have gotten a little bit lost in the shuffle," said Bob Kruger, vice president of enforcement for the Business Software Alliance. "The spotlight now seems to be shining elsewhere and people shouldn't conclude from that that software is not any longer being pirated on a significant scale, because it is."

    But Bradley Kuhn, executive director of the Free Software Foundation, called BSA's use of the word piracy "propaganda" and "an analogy way out of proportion."

    "What pirates do is attack somebody's ship on the high seas, they steal all their cargo, and usually end up killing some, if not all, of the people on board and leave the ship for derelict," Kuhn said. "This is nothing like the activity of infringing copyright on software.

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