Consequences

What would it be if everybody used pirated software? The answer is simple, as nobody would purchase it, companies would stop making it, as it just wouldn’t be possible anymore. So if nobody will ever buy Photoshop, then there will not be Photoshop anymore, as nobody will ever write new versions of it, working full-time at Adobe’s offices.

Software, just as hardware, is a product, and somebody worked real hard to create it. Everybody purchase hardware, but is there any difference with software product?

There are always those people who don’t mind rewarding others for their hard work, commitment and excellent quality stuff they produce. Those strange people want to have everything… with them giving nothing in exchange. Those are ungrateful, selfish and careless people who only care about themselves. Those species could actually be called parasites as they are really them, de facto of what they do.

But obviously everyone decides himself what he want to be, a normal thankful person or somebody else.

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Freeware software

Alternatives exist though, as there exist not only paid commercial software but also so called freeware software, that can be downloaded and used free of charge. It is usually developed by individuals for their private use, and then shared for others for free. It can also be developed by some big companies to bring attention to their paid solutions. Or alternatively, companies can develop a free software, let everybody use it but gain money for technical support or by other means.

In fact practically for every paid software there exist some free alternative, that can even surpass a paid version in quality and proposed features. So it is also worth checking and testing whether it suits or not your needs.

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Open source software

There exist also open source software, just as freeware it is free for personal, educational and commercial use. The only difference between freeware and open source is that complete source code of the latter can be freely downloaded and even modified by anybody. So that programmers can use that open source software, modify it and even distribute modified versions! What they can and cannot do is determined by a license open source software comes with. There exist plenty of them, some are more permissive, others are less. The most known open source licenses are GPL and BSD.

Notable examples of worldwide known open source software are numerous variants of GNU/Linux operating system (alternative to paid Windows), LibreOffice office suite (alternative to paid Microsoft Office), GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program (alternative to paid Adobe Photoshop), Java programming language and environment (currently the most demanded programming language in the world), MySQL, PostgreSQL database management systems (alternatives to paid Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle DBMS) etc.

Those programs are very often of way better quality than their paid competitors.

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Conclusion

So finally download pirated or buy legitimate? It is up to reader to decide, whether to act as normal person or as thankless swine. As we are free after all.

But free to do what? Free to destroy, free to lie, free to make chaos? I am afraid that those who want that, will never get that freedom.

As real freedom is freedom and responsibility, first of all freedom from sin and stupidity, freedom from personal ignorance, freedom to observe laws, rules and social norms – that is true freedom, freedom to self-education and self-restriction to the norm.

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Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. About computer software
    1. Software, what it is?
    2. How it is being created?
  3. Beginnings of commercial software market
    1. Bill Gates’ 1976 Open Letter to Hobbyists
    2. Current situation
  4. Pirated software
    1. How it works
    2. Risks, where it comes from?
    3. Real consequences
  5. Alternatives
    1. Freeware software
    2. Open Source software
  6. Conclusion
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