Wednesday, September 13, 2006

harsh sentencing for software piracy

When a man is sentenced to 7 and a half years in jail for software piracy when people are given shorter sentences for rape, armed robbery and assault, it begs the question of whether the society in question has its priorities straight.

I do believe software piracy (especially for profit) is lame, and this guy did basically rip-off other people's work to the tune of USD$20m, but over 7 years seems far too extreme in comparison with crimes of a violent nature or cause a single individual to suffer greatly, where the sentencing seems equal.

The guy has already been made to pay restitution for his crimes; where is the good in sending him away for the best part of a decade? That's just putting a massive, meaningless crater in someone's life.

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