[d@DCC] CAAST misinformation about University Students
russell at flora.ca
Tue Aug 9 21:14:55 EDT 2005
On my flight returning to Ottawa from Vancouver this evening I was
subjected to a CBC news report based on CAAST misinformation claiming that
"CAAST Survey Finds Half of All University Students Acquire Software
Without Paying For It".
I must ask if the reporters checked the methodology of the study and the
exact questions asked of the students?
CAAST, and the BSA internationally, is notorious for including competing
creation, distribution and funding models such as Free/Libre and Open
Source Software (FLOSS) as if it were 'theft'. They do this as part of a
lobbying campaign to try to scare the public and politicians into
supporting radical changes to Canadian law that would favor their members
against their major competitors. Their 'piracy studies' don't adequately
differentiate between competition and what it likes to call 'theft'.
Every computer I've ever had was assessed by CAAST to have some member
software on it, even though I don't use any "software manufacturing"
software on any of my own computers, or the customer computers I support
One of the many reasons I only use, and commercially support, FLOSS is
because these methods reduce the incentive for copyright infringement.
As the creation and distribution of software is funded in ways other
than through the collection of royalty fees, there's no incentive for the
average user of the software to infringe copyright. Activities such as
sharing or installing on multiple computers are non-infringing activities
with FLOSS. This is acknowledged outside of the "software manufacturing"
subset of the software industry represented by CAAST as being the most
effective way to reduce so-called "software theft".
If I was asked "do I download commercial software without paying a
royalty fee" my answer would be "yes". This is because I
download/upload/share/create/promote/support legally royalty-free and
commercially supported software. Do we know for certain that the answer
of those students are not similar to my own?
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