Posted by: commonsresource | March 2, 2010

The Pirates who don’t do anything

Among the many memorial VeggieTale characters, “The Pirates who don’t do anything” are some of my favourites.  In the course of the wonderfully silly and inspiring movie, the three characters discover that “true heroes are those who do what they know is right, no matter how difficult it is”.

After further digesting my tiring (yet hopefully not tiresome!) post from yesterday and exchanging emails with a most insightful peer and friend,  I am even more convinced that the IIPA is making a valid albeit nuanced point.  Without entering into the specific debate about Indonesia, OSS, and Special 301, piracy can clearly harm both commercial software and open source players even if its impact on the OSS community is more subtle.   Ending piracy of commercial and open source software requires users to embrace a respect for IP (that is not a part of “pirate culture”)  by either giving dollars or giving back!  Being one of “The Pirates who don’t do anything” just isn’t an option since “true heroes are those who do what they know is right, no matter how difficult it is”.


Responses

  1. Good job pointing out that open source software depends just as much on strong *copyright* law as does most commercial software. In my opinion, both open source and commercial software is harmed by software *patents*. Both copyright and patents are forms of IP, yet they seem to have the opposite effect when it comes to software in general.

  2. […] analysis posted last week on the OSI site), I would like to point you back to my earlier “The Pirates who don’t do anything“ post on this […]


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