BBS Piracy And The Copyright

Recently, The Toronto Star published an article entitled RCMP seizes
BBS, piracy charges pending. The RCMP have possessed all computer
components belonging to the "90 North" bulletin board system in Montreal,
Quebec. The board is accused of allowing end-users the opportunity to
download (get) commercial and beta (not marketed, test) software.

After a four month investigation, the RCMP seized ten micro-computers
and seven modems. In addition, they found software applications of major
corporations valued at a sum of approximately $25,000.00 (It is estimated
that $200 million dollars are lost in revenues from software piracy,
according to the Canadian Alliance Against Software ...

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under this
act carries a maximum punishment of a fine of $1 million dollars, and/or 5
years imprisonment.

Because newspaper articles are very biased in one point-of- view, it
is difficult to look at both sides of this situation. But let us discuss
piracy in a more general manner. Software piracy is the act in which
someone takes a copyrighted portion or whole of software, then
electronically copies and/or distributes it, with or without modification
of any sort. The software is distributed to other people and/or
organizations who financially or otherwise charge/trade for the software's
use, and lacking authority or permission from the company or person in
which the software is copyrighted by.

According to the article, the "90 North" BBS satisfies the software
piracy definition and is therefore guilty of the act. The BBS is further
liable if the software companies decide to file law suites against them.
This is all fairly evident, but we need to ask ourselves ...

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