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Submission + - Half Of PC Users Are Pirates ( 1

judgecorp writes: "Despite continued pressure on business users to buy legitimate software, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) reports that the campaign seems to be failing. Well over half (57%) of users surveyed in a global survey admit to using pirated software. That's a big increase from the same survey last year — when 43% admitted to using pirated software. The BSA surveyed 15,000 people in 33 countries."
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Half Of PC Users Are Pirates

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  • by Jane Q. Public ( 1010737 ) on Monday May 21, 2012 @04:36PM (#40069195)
    They admitted to using copied software. That's not the same thing.

    Copying software for your personal use is (in most cases) minor copyright infringement... a civil infraction.

    Pirated software -- defined in law as copies made to be sold or trade for profit -- is something else entirely. That is generally a crime.

    Please learn the difference, and stop doing the BSA's job for them. Like the RIAA and MPAA, they aren't interested in your rights, they are only interested in profit.

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