Recently, The Toronto Star published an article entitled "RCMP seizes BBS,
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 people the opportunity to download (get) commercial
and beta (or commercial) software versions. I feel that the RCMP should not
charge people that are linked to computer piracy, because the pirated software
offers valuable opportunity to programmers and users. Also, revenue lost to the
large software companies is such a small amount that the effect won't be greatly
felt by them and so it is not worth the policing effort required to track ...

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This is an effective way to catch any unfounded bugs in
the software program. From debugging to hacking, hackers can benefit the most.
They can study and learn from the advancements with in the programming.

So what does all this activity tell us? This tells us the people are
willing to go to great lengths to get software at a lower cost, or possibly in
exchange for other software and that they are succeeding in their efforts.
Although more than 50% of their software income is from other companies which do
not pirate, this poses a problem for the software industries. By fining a
single bulletin board out of the thousands in North America, there would be
little accomplished. Not to mention the fact the it is extremely difficult to
prove and convict people under the Copyright Act. In today's society, revenue
from software is such a small income source for corporations such as WordPerfect
Corp. These companies make their money mainly from individuals purchasing ...

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