22 Jun 2011
I must take issue with Chris Puttick’s comments that, when a business exceeds its licence count, “nobody is hurt and nobody is deprived of anything” (Is breach really theft?). This is an irresponsible attitude that encourages such breaches.
Licensing is far from perfect, but software suppliers are dependent on it. When users breach their licence terms, of course people are hurt, and of course people are deprived. A business that uses unlicensed software is gaining unfair advantage over the law-abiding competition; and if a business increases its profits through the use of unlicensed software, whose profit is it? If that profit could not have been gained without the use of the unlicensed software, then the software supplier is undeniably deprived.