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Not caring about piracy[1]!?

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Not caring about piracy[1]!?

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Few minutes ago, from a talk on my computer network class, about the practical experience with some network simulator:

“Cisco IOs are not easy to obtain. They have to be obtained on “non-standard” ways from some “special” places which have been uploadad there by people using who-knows what procedures”

- Random student

The audience being all other students on the class. Nobody complained, and that was expected. But I didn't expected that the professor would let this pass without any comment.

I don't like this. Heck, maybe half of the people in this classroom is going to work on software itself on the next decades. Myself included, of course. How can we expect people to comply with the terms of the software we make if we don't with software other people make?

Same thing on the local software industry. We are talking about companies that sell software here.

Also note that this is not only about commercial software. When you release something as GPL, CC (on any of its variations) or even BSD, you want people to respect your conditions.

I invite people to follow the Golden Rule and/or the Silver Rule.

[1] I would like if saying "software misappropriation and/or misuse" were more practical than saying "piracy". But it's not, so I'm staying with the not ideal but common word