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Technology Stocks : Microsoft: Windows 97
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To: Daniel Schuh who wrote (70)3/25/1997 11:28:00 PM
From: damniseedemons   of 74
Dan, I know the hack was at usenet. The advantage of people who do things there, is that it's all anonymous. Fazendin is a fool for posting the patch at his personal web page. I agree that they're using him as an example, and I agree that they should use him as an example.

>Microsoft whining about piracy in general doesn't impress me when they are trying to drive Netscape out of business by giving stuff away, or paying people to take it.>

Two important points:

1) The software belongs to Microsoft, and they can do whatever they want with it. For IE, they want to give it away for free. For Office, they want to charge money for it. It's not up to users to choose not to pay for Office and rationalize that by saying IE is free.

2) Pirating software is explicitly illegal. Cut-throat competition is not illegal (and questions of ethics don't come into play here).
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