Friday, December 14, 2007

First Bittorrent Pirate In Russia Sentensed

According to torrentfreak, first person in Russia has been convicted for using BitTorrent to infringe copyright or distribute software. Sergei Avramov appeared in court in the city of Rostov-on-Don, accused of the illegal distribution of pirated software. Despite his actions being strictly not-for-profit, he was found guilty and received a 12 month suspended sentence. I think the copyright mafia is strong enough any where that it is silly to distribute or seek such software. I am sometimes wondering why people have to pirate software, when there are equally good or better software available for free in the OSS world.
Take for instance, Open Office. This piece of software can out beat Microsoft Office without any trouble. Yet people still go looking for pirated copies of those software. I wonder why.

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