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[News] How the BSA Helps Free Software and GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] How the BSA Helps Free Software and GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 01:00:31 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Open source against piracy

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| There are a few good reasons why open 
| source fans should support the Business 
| Software Alliance.
| I've never made a secret of the fact that I 
| dislike the Business Software Alliance 
| (BSA). It's questionable statistics and its 
| sweeping generalisations make for annoying 
| reading at the best of times. But recently 
| I've been thinking that perhaps open source 
| advocates should get behind the BSA.


Walk the plank....or not! Help Microsoft eliminate software piracy.

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| Several times I have written about 
| "Software Piracy", and I think a lot of my 
| readers get a little tired of hearing about 
| it, but something happened this week that 
| started me thinking about Software Piracy 
| again.
| Microsoft made Software Piracy Prevention a | voluntary thing.
| Of course Microsoft will probably pitch a 
| different explanation, but what they 
| actually did was post an "update" to 
| Windows 7 that had lots of anti-piracy 
| software in it, and told their customers 
| that it was "voluntary" to install the 
| anti-piracy software.
| Now this was probably in response to 
| another time when Microsoft tried to force 
| down the throats, er....ah..."distribute" 
| anti-piracy software for Windows XP, but 
| that time they called it "critical bug 
| fixes" and made a lot of their customers 
| mad because they installed the "bug fixes" 
| and ....hello! The "fixes" did not fix any 
| bugs, and in some cases caused the 
| customer's systems to act in very bad ways. 
| Very, very bad ways! And of course 
| Microsoft's customers then acted in very, 
| very bad ways. 



The Likely Victims of This Year's BSA raid: Internet Cafe's and Other Computer Rental Businesses

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| Do you run a business that involves any form
| of computer rental such as internet cafe, for-
| profit computer training center, and/or hotel
| that provides computers for the convenience of
| the guests? Do you live in a country like
| Taiwan where BSA (Business Software Alliance)
| does yearly raid to small and medium
| businesses with the help of your government
| because they are pressured by, or have some
| inconvenient relationship with BSA? My guess
| is that BSA will target this new group of
| software "pirates" -- yes even if they have
| already paid for the first layer of the
| Microsoft taxes. But there is a way -- maybe
| even a much more profitable way -- out if you
| are willing to try diskless computers + mother
| tongue bootable usb keys.


SA bangs piracy drum

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| Most users will simply do without the software or
| switch to something more affordable or even open
| source. A huge part of the problem with software
| is that it is expensive and most users just can't
| afford the price tag. Having a pirated copy is
| nice but not nice enough to convince them to hand
| over thousands of rands to buy a legitimate copy.


Piracy's global economic impact debated

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| But critics of the study say it fails to account for the possibility that
| pirated software could be replaced with Linux or other open-source options. If
| it were, the BSA's global loss figure of $53 billion would drop sharply, they
| maintain.


Open Source: One Sure Way To Keep Piracy At Bay

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| The BSA won't tell you that the best way to avoid software piracy is to use
| software that cannot, by definition, be pirated. Then again, the BSA also
| won't tell you that a disgruntled ex-employee decided to make your life
| miserable by giving them a call.


Don't Copy That Floppy sequel promises prison beatings for copying

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| The BSA are, of course, big proponents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade
| Agreement, which would require signatories to send noncommercial copiers to
| prison, so I suppose that there's something to this threat.


Is The BSA Purposely Promoting Open Source Alternatives?

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| So, what is the BSA doing? Yes, that's right, it's pumping up its software
| audit program, sending 1,000 audit letters to companies in London, officially
| demanding they detail their software usage -- while unofficially acting as a
| tremendous advertisement for open source software, where providers don't
| treat their customers as if they were criminals.


How many billions is open-source software worth?

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| In other words, using OSS isn't about being anti-Microsoft or believing in
| some sort of open-source ethical rightfulness, using OSS is simply a smart
| business move. Indeed, at $387-billion in value, OSS is twice as valuable as
| Microsoft's current net worth of $183.5-billion. Not bad for 'free software'
| is it?

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