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"Stealing" software?

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guyjohnston's picture
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I've noticed that the page "What About Choice" starts with a quote by Bill Gates which reads "As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours". As that implies that copying information is somehow equivalent to stealing, I think that quote should be removed, or a small notice should be added to correct that point.

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I don't think we should

I don't think we should remove this quote at all, for several reasons:

- Mr Gates is welcome to his opinions, it's pretty clear we don't share them. Especially when we write a whole website about sharing software!
- It reveals the kind of attitude Microsoft has towards customers (that's the intent of the quote in this article)
- It comes to discredit Microsoft when they put themselves as "cultural pioneers" (sic) working against this "stealing".

So I think the quote is well chosen (not because I chose chose it ;-)) for that particular page. Would a notice about "stealing" help? I believe it would only encumber the text... what do others think about it?

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footnote

I think there should be a footnote added to explain that we don't condone that terminology.

libervisco's picture
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This could be the simplest

This could be the simplest solution, although it might not be effective enough for everyone. Just change the quote to this:

"As long as they are going to steal (sic) it, we want them to steal ours"

Wikipedia has this to say about "sic":

"In writing, it is placed within square brackets and usually italicized — [sic] — to indicate that an incorrect or unusual spelling, phrase, punctuation, and/or other preceding quoted material has been reproduced verbatim from the quoted original and is not a transcription error."

So it might not be an exact match here because it is not a spelling error, but I've seen it used in cases where there is no spelling error, but simply a word or phrase used which the quoter doesn't condone or agree with.

Also, Olivier just used it in his previous post here.

Olivier wrote:

- It comes to discredit Microsoft when they put themselves as "cultural pioneers" (sic) working against this "stealing".

The (sic) in there would indicate that Olivier does not think Microsoft are "cultural pioneers" and that he is just saying that for the purpose of a quote. Eye

Cheers

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+1. That's the way to go,

+1. That's the way to go, IMHO.

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Done: What about Choice

Done:

What about Choice page wrote:

Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to steal it [sic], we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.

thanks

Olivier.

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