Straight from boingboing:

The Business Software Alliance has put up some materials on why software piracy is bad. The reason they cite to stop piracy is that it keeps the software industry from getting bigger. My cow-orker Seth has revised their copy with several counterexamples to show what a strange proposition this is:

Original:

Some have attempted to paint copyright piracy as a victimless crime, arguing that “if I make a copy of a computer program, you still get to keep your copy, and we are both better off.” This is hardly the case.

Reducing piracy offers direct benefits. The equation is a basic one: the lower the piracy rate, the larger the IT sector and the greater the benefits.

Some of Seth’s revisions:

Some have attempted to paint printing as a victimless crime, arguing that “if I print a book, you can buy it from me, and we are both better off.” This is hardly the case. “Reducing printing offers direct benefits. The equation is a basic one: the lower the printing rate, the larger the scribes and bards sector, and the greater the benefits.”

Some have attempted to paint conjugal sexual intimacy as a victimless crime, arguing that “if you and I have intimate relations, we both derive pleasure and a sense of togetherness, and we are both better off.” This is hardly the case. “Reducing sex among committed partners offers direct benefits. The equation is a basic one: the lower the intimacy rate among committed partners, the larger the prostitution sector, and the greater the benefits.”

Some have attempted to paint ham radio as a victimless crime, arguing that “if you operate an amateur radio station, you and I can communicate across long distances, and we are both better off.” This is hardly the case. “Reducing the prevalence of amateur radio operators offers direct benefits. The equation is a basic one: the lower the rate of amateur radio communication, the larger the long distance telephone services sector, and the greater the benefits.”

Some have attempted to paint tooth-brushing as a victimless crime, arguing that “if you brush your teeth regularly, you improve your dental hygiene, and we are all better off.” This is hardly the case. “Reducing tooth-brushing offers direct benefits. The equation is a basic one: the lower the rate of tooth-brushing, the larger the dental prosthetic, dental filling, and dental surgical equipment sectors, and the greater the benefits.”

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