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October 28, 1996
Recently, The Toronto Star published an article entitled "RCMP seizes BBS,
piracy charges pending." The RCMP have possessed all computer components
belonging to the "90 North" bulletin board system in Montreal, Quebec. The
board is accused of allowing people the opportunity to download (get) commercial
and beta (or commercial) software versions. I feel that the RCMP should not
charge people that are linked to computer piracy, because the pirated software
offers valuable opportunity to programmers and users. Also, revenue lost to the
large software companies is such a small amount that the effect won't be greatly
felt by them and so it is not worth the policing effort required to track down
When pirates distribute the illegal software, one could say that they are
helping, than hurting the software companies. By distributing the software
world wide, it creates great advertisement for the software companies...
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