BSA Blaming Professors For Students Downloading Software

from the get-a-grip dept

It appears that the folks at the BSA are getting a little jealous of their colleagues at the RIAA for making fools of themselves and absolutely missing the point of downloadable content. The BSA has now come out with a study warning that college students have no problem downloading software illegally, and that it's all the fault of professors who encourage this sort of thing. They go on to say, in their standard exaggerated way, that this is going to be a huge "gateway" into software piracy. This is their version of the "escalation" argument. First you learn to download music at college, then software, and then you go on to a life of crime! Let's help the BSA take a step back and think about what they're doing. These are college students who don't have the disposable income to spend $700 on a copy of Photoshop. However, by having them download a copy, they learn how to use it, and when they enter the workforce, they're much more willing to buy a legitimate copy of the software. I know that's happened with plenty of applications and people I know. They first discovered the applications at home or at college by getting so-called "pirated" versions - and later ended up buying a legitimate copy for work. The BSA, however, insists that every downloaded copy is a lost sale. In many cases it's actually a promotion that is leading to a sale that never would have been made otherwise. Cracking down too hard on software downloading on campuses is going to have the opposite effect from what they intend.
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    Dave Suthibut, 17 Sep 2003 @ 10:12am

    I download to fight against the GREED

    GREED is the reason I download software and MP3s - naked corporate GREED that is behind the ridiculously high price tag on software such as Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, etc. If the price came down to an acceptable level (say, $299) then I might consider halting my daily downloads of copyrighted material (I average about 10 gigs a day, y'all!). However, until it does, I'll continue to fight a rearguard action against these corporations, and against GREED.

    We have to teach companies that if they're going to be GREEDY, then they will suffer the consequences of having their intellectual property PIRATED! It's that simple.

    Oh, and for you idiots who say that open source alternatives exist... bitch, please. I would no sooner install and use an Open Sores program than I would march into a record store and purchase a legal CD!

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