Re: [SLUG] Novell's CTO Blog - new entry

From: steve szmidt (
Date: Wed Apr 26 2006 - 19:23:29 EDT

On Wednesday 26 April 2006 18:57, Jason Boxman wrote:
> steve szmidt wrote:
> <snip>
> > When it came to software I would often get a pirated copy and check it
> > out. Then if I continued to use it I'd either buy it right there or start
> > setting aside money and buy it later. Otherwise I'd uninstall it. It's
> > all about personal integrity.
> That's morally inept. You maintain personal integrity despite using
> software without legal standing to do so? Intent to purchase or remove
> doesn't mitigate the act of theft itself.

I guess I was not very clear. This was back in the 80's when most people did
not care, but I had started to realize that it was not OK. Growing up you
could say. The point was that rather than just using pirated s/w I decided on
what I was going to keep and then either paid for it or got rid of it.

I agree it was dealing with stolen s/w. It was also made whole as the
companies got paid, or I removed it. Which was the note about integrity.


Steve Szmidt

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