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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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Sep 2003 @ 7:10am

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    Wonderful rationalizing by all of you. If you down load copyrighted software you ARE BREAKING THE LAW. Don't care if you call it stealing, misuse of copyrighted material, etc. Read the bottomline, IT"S AGAINST THE LAW.

    A number of companies provide lower cost alternatives to their more expensive products and most are fairly reasonable without being completely feature devoid.

    For those who can't afford them, they should look at legit alternatives, open source software being the most likely solution. IF Enough users choose these alternatives, the companies would likely lower their prices in the name of competition. As it is, with everyone 'having to have' photoshop, powerpoint, etc, it allows companies like Adobe and Microsoft to inflate their prices to what ever level they desire.

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