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On intellectual property

“From the earliest days of Apple I realized that we thrived when we created intellectual property. If people copied or stole our software, we’d be out of business. If it weren’t protected, there’d be no incentive for us to make new software or product designs. If protection of intellectual property begins to disappear, creative companies will disappear or never get started. But there’s a simpler reason: it’s wrong to steal. It hurts other people, and it hurts your own character.”
~ Steve Jobs

The statement is widely applicable beyond just ‘software as code’; it holds good for software as movies, television shows, music and books. When talented people can’t make money by creating software because of piracy and theft, there will just be fewer talented people creating software. When all that’s left is dog and cat videos, inane blogs and talentless creators, then we will have paid the full price of piracy.