Stealing is stealing. Pirating software is no less a crime than stealing the software from a store. Pirating just about any software, songs or cable TV is a crime. They all deny the original provider of revenue.
Take for example the music industry. A number of college students have recently been hit with a $3,000.00 bill for down loading pirated music. They knew it was illegal in most cases, but pirated the music anyway.
As far as students needing to steal software because they can’t afford Microsoft. That’s B.S. There are too many options available besides stealing. There are student versions of Microsoft available at far less than the commercial price. Or, students can tap into the open source software. I run both type of software on my computer.
Just one last thought, Microsoft is beginning to track their software online. As a result, a number of businesses and people have been charged with violating the “Licensing” agreement that came with the software. Most home software sales are licensed for one or two computers. Business buy a license that allows for between ten to fifty work stations. Beyond that, the business and individuals have to pay for additional licenses.
Peole caught violating their licensing agreement are generally given two choices. They can buy additional licensing or be prosecuted for theft by Microsoft.
Just something to think about. People sentenced to prison must still pay restitution once they get out. The debt is not excused because they go to prison. It remains an active debt until it is paid off or the person negotiates a deal with the court and the victim. Often times such a debt will haunt a person the rest of their life, long after the prison sentence has expired.
while that is true in theory, the cases discusses sentencing as either prison or restitution, not both. there was discussion that restitution was not a good idea because it would have taken a long time to pay and the guy may have been deported to Russia. thus, the only other alternative was prison.
Plus, if victims [e.g. Microsoft] are actually interested in receiving the money, as opposed to simply being owed the money, prison is bad. prison very very rarely helps the money actually get paid.
Actually, prison does help people pay restitution. The reason is simple. Most people sentenced to prison in this type of case will only serve a small part of their sentence. They are then put on parole. If they don’t pay the restitution they are sent back to prison. I know because I spent twelve years in law enforcement.
every single person I have ever represented that has gone to prison, and that`s more than a few, has come out of prison worse off financially and less able to pay restitution, child support, etc...
I have not made an argument for or against prison - that`s why you are confused by my argument.