4. A moral aspect of the problem - часть 5

[7] The above-mentioned Moscow department of the renowned company on the one hand is struggling with piracy, and on the other, indirectly promoting it. A certain colleague of the author bought there, for a firm he 'moonlights' for, a legal copy of the office system for $2500, though it costs 90 roubles on a hawker's stand. During the installation, advice was needed. He phoned the dealer, who replied that the after-sales service had been reassigned to another firm. He phoned there, where they said that consultations were chargeable: $60 a question. For such money they, of course, are consulting everybody, not only legal users.

[8] A sexual angle on the problem, if you like.

[9] An analogy here is in that two parties are involved: a wife and a husband (a program and a user). And the real pirates do not care a straw: it's quite easy to break both a chastity belt and an electronic key. There is another parallel: promiscuous sex and illegal program duplication are the main ways for viruses, human and computer respectively, to proliferate.

[10]Pereslavl-Zalessky is a university city in the Rostov area, home of the Program Systems Institute, where a group of programmers wrote a declaration not to use unlicensed programs.

[11] See the chapter "How the author sold programs" in Etude 3.

[12] I became acquainted with this approach while studying (good and bad) in Germany. Quite often only one program is installed on many computers there, but at the same time they ask the permission of the manufacturing firm. The firm gives permission, sufficient for the university's needs (would they find another place so suitable for the successful advertising of its products?) realising that if it refuses, the program will be installed anyway.

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