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Many of us have a reason to give thanks to Bill Gates, whether it be for the PowerPoint presentation that got us our last promotion, the Word spell checker that helped us avoid an embarrassing double entendre in our thesis paper, or the ol' Xbox 360 that has drained our productivity, consumed all of our free time, and driven our sweethearts into the arms of other men. But Romanian president Traian Basescu has a bigger reason than most to owe the Microsoft founder a debt of gratitude: he claims that rampant software piracy in the Eastern European nation was the single biggest factor in developing a healthy IT industry.
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This isn't new, but I did some searches, and couldn't find anything.
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Free software means more people using it and more programmers advancing it. I completely agree.
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Free software means more people using it and more programmers advancing it. I completely agree.

Much in the same way that more stolen cars = more repair jobs to fix them...
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Much in the same way that more stolen cars = more repair jobs to fix them...
Not exactly.
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Much in the same way that more stolen cars = more repair jobs to fix them...
If you were able to clone the car for your own use, then sure.
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Much in the same way that more stolen cars = more repair jobs to fix them...
Did you try and make the worst analogy possible?

OT: Microsoft encouraged piracy back in the Windows 3.1 days for exactly this reason.
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Here we go again...

Another war between those with common sense and those who are either totally ignorant or those who fear an FBI home invasion...
    
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Much in the same way that more stolen cars = more repair jobs to fix them...
Poor analogy. Intellectual property is holding us back as a society. If we got rid of it, sure, the greedy douchebags would cry about it; but it would be so much better for society as a whole. Believe me, open source is going to dramatically change our economic system in the coming years. IP is becoming a severely outdated concept, and some groups like the RIAA are clinging desperately to a sinking ship. These groups are going to have to adapt or die off.
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Poor analogy. Intellectual property is holding us back as a society. If we got rid of it, sure, the greedy douchebags would cry about it; but it would be so much better for society as a whole. Believe me, open source is going to dramatically change our economic system in the coming years. IP is becoming a severely outdated concept, and some groups like the RIAA are clinging desperately to a sinking ship. These groups are going to have to adapt or die off.
My question is: "how do the creators get a benefit from this?" At the end of the day, something has to pay them so they can afford food.
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My question is: "how do the creators get a benefit from this?" At the end of the day, something has to pay them so they can afford food.
The Mozilla foundation actually makes a ton of money off of commercial sponsorships, despite their products being free and open source.
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