Benjamin Juang (ibneko) wrote,
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"Software Thief Admits To Crimes," Washington Post

Software Thief Admits To Crimes
$20 Million Lost, Prosecutors Say
By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 14, 2005; D01

Nathan Peterson took on some of the world's largest computer software companies, and for a while, he won.

Selling their copyrighted products at a huge discount on his Web site, Peterson caused companies such as Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. to lose nearly $20 million, prosecutors said. He evaded law enforcement and frustrated the industry by moving his Internet servers around the country, and he spent much of his $5.4 million profit on homes, boats and cars, including a Lamborghini, a Mercedes and a restored 1949 Mercury Coupe purchased for his wife.

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But... jeeze, what the fuck, man... if you're going to sell stolen stuff for profit, at least use it to benefit the poor and homeless. Donate the frigging money to charities or something.

And, yeah, I find it it just morally wrong to make a profit out of stolen goods. If you're going to use it for yourself, that's fine with me. But selling it? Hell no.
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