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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Bill Gates and piracy

Heh, this is rich. Bill Gates admits to watching pirated videos on YouTube. When asked if he realises he was watching stolen videos, he replies:
Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for.
Immense desire comes to announce that I'm working on a pirated copy of Windows, but as it happens, my copy is legit. Bummer.

What Gates just told us, by and by, could express the difference between plagiarism and piracy; an artist would consider the former much worse than the latter, for it steals credit, and not just revenues. And piracy can actually serve a useful purpose in some contexts, a subject I will explore in a larger post sometime. That's just by and by, of course, and Gates didn't mean it in that sense.

Previous posts on Gates: 1, 2, 3.

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