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Tue Dec 13 18:30:29 CST 2005
On 12/13/2005 at 11:15 PM Jules Richardson wrote:
>Except we're talking about software here which doesn't deteriorate or get
>damaged by someone else using it. If the same were true of cars, I'd have
>*no* problem in someone else making use of my vehicle if it wasn't
>inconveniencing me in any way. It wouldn't make any difference to me
whether they used it
And what if it's software (or a book or a song) that you wrote yourself?
After all, a book doesn't deteriorate by someone else using it or by being
copied and, thanks to modern technology, I can digitize said book and
distribute it over the web, thereby saving some poor trees and cutting down
on greenhouse gases. Wonder what would happen if I posted the latest Harry
Potter book on the web as a public service? I'm sure Ms. Rowling wouldn't
mind, so I don't need to ask her, right?
When you copy and use software without the author's permission, you are
denying him/her/them/it any opportunity for compensation for his/her/their
hard work and expense in creating the software. You are stealing.
If an author makes the decision to forgo compensation and offers his work
for free, that's fine--but it's the author's call, not yours.
There was a time in my life when I didn't own a car, but part of my
apartment lease included a labeled reserved secure parking space. A
neighbor, knowing that I didn't have a vehicle decided that it would be
okay to park his girlfriend's car in my space. He didn't ask, probably
using the same logic as "it's not inconveniencing you in any way". I
confronted the neighbor, and he gave pretty much that same reasoning. I
noted that I was paying for the space as a line item in my lease and that
I'd be happy to sublet the space to him--and that, had he asked me first, I
might have even agreed to some limited use of the space gratis (After all,
I did have guests and wanted them to be able to use the space if they
needed to). He became angry, called me a name and walked off. Of course,
the next time his girlfriend parked in my space, I had her car towed, as
was my right.
Always ask permission. You just might get it.
That's all I'm going to say on this topic. I'm not going to convert the
sinners by sermonizing. Maybe it's a sign of the times.
My apologies for bringing the subject up.
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