Different situation: You didn't BUY the software. You paid for the right to
use the software under the conditions specified in the contract and
sometimes those conditions specify you can't use the software on more than
one computer. If you want to use the software under different terms, the
company will probably be glad to accomodate you.
For example, enterprise editions of XP start at about $5,000.
Most user agreements specify use on a single computer at a time. If your
computer's stolen, you can install the software on another. Virtually all
retail versions of software can be moved to another computer. However....
If the software is designated OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), it is
licensed only for the original computer. If that original computer is
stolen, you're out of luck.
The problem I described above is only with some software (and this is
increasingly common) that tries to ENFORCE that by requiring an
internet connection and somehow sending this information somewhere
(that is it's spyware, like Windows XP) then refusing to install if it
doesn't get the response it "wants". One reason I'm now preferring
free (especially open source) software. It's unlikely to do such
It may have been written to verify something in the computer's BIOS. I
was not referring to that.
But you bought something. You bought the book. You just copied it. You
just stole the author's royalty, among other things. If you went to
library, read the book and returned it, then it wouldn't anything. But
you did something active which changed it from legal to illegal.
Still copyright violation. Still taking money away from the author
since they don't get the royalty from returns. You are still ripping
someone off and playing all sorts of word games to soothe your own
I don't think he ignored anything. He responded directly to your
post that implied it's legal and OK to take a book from a library and
copy it. PS, it's not. It's a violation of the copyright laws.
The author isn't getting your money when you copy it. Isn't that the
whole point? The bottom line, it's illegal to take a book from the
library and then copy it. You have a problem with that? It's very
obvious to most of us how it's not right and how it deprives the
author of income. If you had BOUGHT the book you now have, it would
have put money into the author's pocket. By copying it from the
library, you now have a copy for free. It doesn't get much simpler
On Sat, 26 Jan 2008 12:20:07 -0800, jJim McLaughlin
Isn't that what the writer's strike is about? Their intellectual
writings being distributed by holly wood...no compensation.
Same with movies/software - not being paid for.
China is the worst for theft ...no regards for ownership, imo.
there's a big difference between -cable- and SATELLITE.
One requires you string a cable to your home to get the signal,the other
doesn't,the signal is there no matter what you do,whether you want it or
Satellite TV is no different than the power company charging for sunlight
when you put in your own solar panels.
Um... The satellite provider has to pay for much of the programming
they provide, and also has to maintain the system. Those satellites
don't come cheap.
If you have a job, I'm sure you expect to get paid for your work,
don't you? If you employer decided that he didn't feel like paying
you, would you have a problem with that? His argument for not paying
you is that it's okay because you were there working anyway, so it's
not like he's stealing from you or anything...
Here's another one to think about.
1. You have a job cleaning drinking fountains in a hospital
2. The hospital pays you
3. A visitor comes in, gets a drink of water, and fails to get a
deadly infectious disease because you cleaned that drinking fountain.
4. You (not the hospital) sue the visitor for "theft of service" since
HE benefited from your service, but didn't pay you.
As to satellite companies, that company has expenses to provide the
An additional receiver does how affect those expenses.
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