Computers: A Victory for the Pirates?

Software firms abandon their key defense against illegal copying

One of the perils facing software publishers is the wholesale pirating of the copyrighted computer programs they produce and market. The problem arises because an unprotected program on a floppy disk, like music on a cassette or a movie on videotape, can easily be copied. Anyone with a personal computer and two disk drives need only insert an original disk in drive A, put a blank disk in drive B and type a few commands. In a matter of seconds, there will be a perfect, albeit illegal, copy of a program that in a computer store might cost hundreds of dollars.

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