[LINK] Neil Young: piracy is the new radio
grove at zeta.org.au
Fri Feb 3 17:46:54 AEDT 2012
On 03/02/2012, at 9:24, Kim Holburn <kim at holburn.net> wrote:
>> Neil Young is right — piracy is the new radio
>> If you make it easy to get and pay for, piracy isn't an issue
Havng read all the above, it is clear Microsoft knew this fact in the mid 80's and was able to
capitalise on it until Win 95 ie, their early prescense on the Internet.
I believe the pervasiveness of Windows is directly due to piracy. DOS was so easy to pirate
and the fact you needed it to boot your PC meant it has been cemented in right from the start.
The fact that PC gamers basically invented the piracy model just made DOS that more important.
So many pirated copies of Office caused MS to start the BSAA but it really only began
after mindshare was achieved. DOS and Windows made popular through piracy and now
the model is eating back....
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