Software Piracy 'Seen as Normal'

Unattributed, BBC News, Jun 24, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Some sanity in the reporting of what has come to be (misleadingly) called "piracy". According to this study, "people did not see downloading copyrighted material as theft." Well no kidding. "People are more accepting of it, even if they didn't engage it in themselves," said Dr Bryce. "They don't see it as a great problem on a social or economic level. They just don't see it as theft. They just see it as inevitable, particularly as new technologies become available." Right. And it's not theft, the constant caterwauling by industry and media to the contrary.
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