Split Copyright Rules for Software, Songs
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), was set up more than 20 years ago to raise awareness of software piracy and lobby the British Parliament for changes in the law to help software companies protect their business.
“FAST thinks that the police don’t take enough notice of software piracy, and it would like more forms of copyright infringement to be treated as criminal rather than civil matters, so that the police can prosecute instead of leaving it to the lawyers to sue. This serves the interests of the film and music industries, of course, since they would like to see anyone who downloads a song without permission prosecuted in the criminal courts.
“Software is not the same as books or music or film. It expresses instructions, and is more like a machine than an expression of creativity. It would be helpful if the two sides could be separated, because then the software industry might be persuaded that it is a waste of time to lock content in ways which require companies to build media players with limited functionality that can’t do things users want.”
Bill Thompson. How To Split Software and Songs. BBC News. June 2, 2006.
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