Should Proprietary Software Companies Be More Concerned About Open Source Or Piracy?
from the take-your-pick dept
We see various software companies and their representatives like the BSA complaining constantly about the damaging impact of piracy on their business, but reader Jon sent in an article that explores how piracy of proprietary software often does just as much, if not more, harm to open source alternatives. So, for example, when people make an unauthorized copy of Photoshop, doesn’t that hurt open source providers of the GiMP just as much as Adobe? And an unauthorized copy of Microsoft Office hits the Open Office crew.
Of course, this inevitably raises the question: should proprietary software companies be more worried about piracy… or open source competitors? After all, if the proprietary companies crack down on piracy, it often leads potential buyers to simply switch to open source providers instead. So, cracking down on piracy actually helps open source providers, while piracy hurts them. So, wouldn’t it make more sense for proprietary software companies to stop worrying about piracy and focus on competing with open source providers?