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Op Ed

Technologizer - Why History Needs Software Piracy. Thanks Ant via VC&G.
Software pirates promote data survival through ubiquity and media independence. Like an ant that works as part of a larger system it doesn’t understand, the selfish action of each digital pirate, when taken in aggregate, has created a vast web of redundant data that ensures many digital works will live on.

Piracy’s preserving effect, while little known, is actually nothing new. Through the centuries, the tablets, scrolls, and books that people copied most often and distributed most widely survived to the present. Libraries everywhere would be devoid of Homer, Beowulf, and even The Bible without unauthorized duplication.

The main difference between then and now is that software decays in a matter of years rather than a matter of centuries, turning preservation through duplication into an illegal act. And that’s a serious problem: thousands of pieces of culturally important digital works are vanishing into thin air as we speak.

2. Re: Op Ed Jan 27, 2012, 13:09 Ruffiana
There are copyright exemptions for non-profit, educational purposes...but libraries still buy books to put on their shelves. Software doesn't decay. It's digital. The media it's stored on may decay, but that's a different issue.

Bigger problem with this idea is, no one wants to pirate history. Would need more explosions, titties, and open-world sandbox play to be attractive to pirates.

I suppose we could try putting DRM in history books just so people would pirate it out of spite.
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