Grrr arg. The Business Software Alliance whines that worldwide revenue loss due to software “piracy” is around $33 billion. I call bullshit.
Before you write me off as just another pirate trying to justify my actions, let me say this: I avoid pirated software. I much prefer Free Software. The only times I install non-free software without paying for it is a) if it’s abandonware, i.e. software which is so old it can’t be found on the market anymore; or b) software which I have a license for, but which for some reason I’m unable to install (e.g. lost or corrupted install media).
I call bullshit, because that $33 billion is calculated with the assumption that every single user of pirated software could and would pay full price for the software if that was the only way to acquire it. Which is patently absurd. Most of the people with unauthorized copies of software would either find a cheaper alternative or do without if they couldn’t get a pirated copy. It’s only lost revenue if the software companies actually stood to earn it in the first place.
Sure makes it sound bad though, doesn’t it?
Hmmm, that gives me an idea…
The price per pageview for the priviledge of reading this journal is $1,000,000.00. I calculate that my lost revenues so far are approximately 67.4 hojillion dollars. You should all be ashamed.