Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

7 Reasons Why Pirates Should Jump Ship to Open Source

Filed under
OSS

It has always amazed me how many people pirate. As the well-known anti-piracy video clip says, "You wouldn't steal a car, you wouldn't steal a handbag," but people do regularly steal software and other copyrighted materials. They seem to have an innate belief that software should be free.

Technically, pirates don't steal - they infringe copyright. Neither do they rape, pillage, sink ships, or make people walk the plank into shark-infested waters. The "pirate" label seems to be part of an unsuccessful campaign to encourage people to pay for intellectual property. Calling people names rarely works.

And copyright infringers have a very long list of reasons or excuses to justify their behaviour. Most of these hinge on the fact that when stealing intellectual property, you are not depriving someone else of their property as you would if you stole their car.digiKam

  • "It doesn't hurt anyone."
  • "Those big companies can afford it anyway."
  • "No one lost any money if I was never going to buy it."
  • "If they want me to buy it they should make it cheaper."
  • "I'm making their product more popular by using it."

Many people who pirate feel they have no option. Rather than addressing these issues, I'd like to introduce another: Pirates should consider using open-source software. And here is why.

Continue Reading

Arrrrr...

Don't "pirates" only exist in Somalia now?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Type Title Author Replies Last Postsort icon
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2021 - 11:23pm
Story Graphics: Iris Xe, NVIDIA, VKD3D-Proton, Gallium/Zink Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2021 - 11:18pm
Story PDF Arranger 1.7.0 Released With New Features And Enhancements Roy Schestowitz 1 26/01/2021 - 11:12pm
Story NPU-equipped Rockchip RV1109 debuts on dev boards and cameras Rianne Schestowitz 1 26/01/2021 - 11:09pm
Story Kernel: Moorestown, Nintendo 64, Corellium and Oracle Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2021 - 10:53pm
Story Debian: Ease of Use, Lomiri and More Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2021 - 10:33pm
Story Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Pico using MicroPython and C Rianne Schestowitz 2 26/01/2021 - 10:23pm
Story Tails 4.15 Anonymous OS Released with Tor Browser 10.0.9 and Thunderbird 78.6 Marius Nestor 1 26/01/2021 - 9:59pm
Story The first release candidate of NomadBSD 1.4 is now available! Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2021 - 9:28pm
Story Mozilla Firefox 85.0 Now Available As First 2021 Release Rianne Schestowitz 3 26/01/2021 - 9:21pm