Looking for new business oportunities
ehodgins at telusplanet.net
Sun Mar 1 13:13:31 UTC 2009
> But I wanted to comment on this one, as it has been a sore spot with
> me for decades:
> > IANAL, but if you are a part of an organization using illegal stuff,
> > aren't you not perhaps guilty of something else, as well?
> IANAL, but unfortunately employees are not held legally liable.
I didn't know that. Thank you.
> In fact, we live in a culture where it is considered rude to even
> bring up the fact that an organization is clearly breaking the law with
> absolutely no justification. Someone claiming they can't afford to pay
> for the software is an illegitimate claim when legally free alternatives
Many individuals like to justify theft on the grounds that the software
publishers are "unfair" in some way and, therefore, invite theft. That's
the old "Victim hits back" story.
> If they were being honest they would admit that they were
> breaking the law because they were lazy, and they are undeserving of any
> I'm hoping that the software support/consulting community will
> eventually come forward with an ethics statement. With the right
> marketing campaign it can be something that customers look for as a
> positive thing, such that they will know that hiring someone who doesn't
> honour the ethics statement should be treated as a threat to their
That could make a useful marketing tool. Maybe, provide some sort of
enticement like: The file formats we use won't lock you in.
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