Sunday, July 20, 2008
Ahoy! Pirates of the Lankabbean
A while back there was a big murmur going around with the news that pirate software in Sri Lanka would be banned. In the days since then it seemed that there was no major action taken and software was still being sold, albeit not with the same vigour as before.
This was good news, as paying for original software, especially the ones from Microsoft such as Windows XP and Vista as well as other packages like MS Office would be very expensive. Domestic users aside, Sri Lankan companies would suffer a severe blow as a result, having to pay costly licensing fees especially when considering the number of machines a single office may have.
While it seemed it had blown over, a recent story might indicate otherwise. It seems that a company in Dankotuwa called Tec Touch International's owners were charged in court for selling pirated software. However in this case local music producers had filed the complaint because of local products being pirated. This I can't argue against, however it goes on to indicate products belonging to the Business Software Alliance were also a part of the raid i.e. indicating foreign products.
Pirating locally produced material harms the country, so that's fair enough. However when it comes to foreign software such as MS Windows that many cannot afford, clamping down on piracy might be very harmful for both individuals and commercial entities alike. I hope this is a one off incident because of the local products being pirated, because if it isn't, it's very bad news indeed for a lot of people.