[CLUG-chat] OT: [Fwd: [pm] RIAA + Kazaa]

Charles Oertel charles at finebushpeople.co.za
Thu Oct 2 10:19:01 SAST 2003

On Thursday, 2 October 2003 10:06, Angelo Zanetti wrote:
> Programmers do get paid regardless of whether the product is pirated or
> sold.

Not the guys that write and sell their own software (e.g. shareware authors 

> Also with regard to stealing a DVD from a shop or downloading it they are
> both loosing profit so there isnt too much difference, because at the end
> of the day all companies depend on profit for survival!!

The shopkeeper still has to pay the distributor for the DVD that was stolen, 
so loses a lot more than profit.  To make up that loss, the shopkeeper now 
has to sell maybe 5 more DVDs just to break even.  When a copy is downloaded 
nobody needs to sell more just to break even - that is the difference.

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