105,000 Jobs lost, Let me think of a reason why, Oh here we go. (This is just an example) A Small startup company has 10 Employes, they are all very smart and very talented at what they do, the only problem is they do not have a lot of money, but they have this HUGE, State of the art computer Idea. THey form this small company and they start working on their project night and day. Since this company does not have a lot of money, they might use 1 or 2 Pirated copies of software, with the full intention of paying for it once their project is done and they have the money for a Full License of Maya (3000 Dollars I believe). Now the BSA gets wind of this small company, and thinks to them self that this company does not have a lot of money, lets check it out, they do so and find that some software is installed on computers, the software is being used without the correct license or with a “Stolen” license. Now the BSA Sues this small company for 2 Million Dollars, this company goes banktrupt and now the BSA has unemployed 10 people from small company, on top of that they also Hurt Maya because Maya would have gotten their 3000 Dollars once the project was done and the company could afford it. The BSA does this about 10500 times to small companies and you have 105,000 Unemployed people in the US that could have become HUGE companies and made about 1000 jobs avaliable, that would have created 10,500,000 Jobs in the USA, Now with all those new employes comes new Servers and work stations, more Microsoft Licneses, More buildings, more freeways, more Taxes for the government, more Software companies and increased Rates for the BSA. So if you think about it, the article should be titles "BSA Steals money from the government, the people, and it self, and makes Milions unemployed. WOW, that was really a ripple effect, but I am sure it is not that far from true.
[edited by CaFrow on 07.08.2003 21:47]