Bill Gates' piracy confession

A Computerworld BLOG posting by Robert L. Mitchell highlights a section of a Wall Street Journal interview with Bill Gates.

WSJ: But those were stolen, correct?

Gates: Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for. So yes.

Remember that Bill Gates has built his entire empire and reputation on his extreme views about knowledge being treated as if it were tangible property (Part of the Jefferson Debate) as far back as the 1970's and his infamous An open Letter to Hobbysts where he suggested that, " As the majority of hobbysts must be aware, most of you steal your software".

For Gates of all people to say that "Stolen's a strong word" is about as hypocritical as you can get.