Originally Posted by JasonCz
What a ludicrous argument. Microsoft shouldn't care about software piracy on a corporate scale because this would encourage competitors? Do you think they care about their "market share" if they're not getting paid for that "market share"?
Replace them with what? more pirated software from a different company? How is that good?
Not exactly what I meant. Sure they should care about piracy, they have every reason to. What I meant was that legal or pirated software still increases their market share. The idea is that even though they aren't getting paid, neither is their competitors, so it's really not as bad they make it sound. Yeah, I know that people who pirated their software are just as likely to pirate a competitors, but the idea should still hold true to a degree - certainly a weakness in my point, but it doesn't invalidate it.
My biggest issue with the way M$ is going about this is that they're attacking the wrong people. Sure it's easier that way, but in the end they're just pissing off a whole lot of people. Forcing companies to be so picky about who they do business with will raise their costs, which will then raise costs to the end consumers - now everyone likes M$ less, and that's not good for business either. Frankly, if M$ came to me an said, "we're suing you unless you switch to a more expensive supplier", you can be damned sure that I'll try to find a supplier that doesn't use their products at all. (And then at my annual CEO retreat in Hawaii, I'll encourage my corporate buddies to do the same, lol.)
tl;dr: M$ has every right to fight piracy, but if you go about it in a way that makes you look like gigantic douches, that's probably just as bad for business. So why not find a way that's less effective but makes you look like the good guys instead; should be better business overall, right?
Originally Posted by ____
Well, they do make up the entire state's GDP (I would think).
Not really. But M$ and Boeing are huge parts of the Seattle-area's economy, and Washington's tax scheme isn't really the most business friendly, so we'll probably pass anything that will keep them local...