Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...


Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: Rick (ricknance@gmail.com)
Date: Sun Nov 13 2005 - 09:23:22 EST


On 11/13/05, Kevin Austin <kevin.austin@videotron.ca> wrote:
> Very difficult and complex issue.

I think the legal and moral issues are separated more often in
software theft than in hardware theft. Intent of the user has to be
taken into account unless you're talking about the legal points. There
are licensing agreements that have to be agreed to before the software
is installed.

That isn't a statement supporting any kind of "ends justify the means"
thinking or anything like that. For instance: Bias\Peak had a lot of
problems with one of their protection schemes many years ago. Some
users that owned the software actually ran the studios on the cracks
because the protection scheme was unstable. Technically, it's illegal.
Would it get prosecuted? Probably not.

r



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