Does software piracy disclose a ‘generation divide’, and is this a problem?

A recent ITBusiness article by Warren Lee commented on the perception that younger people tend to place less value on "intellectual property" than older people, as well as suggesting that corporations often think they can treat ethics like a buffet where they can pick-and-choose those issues which benefit them.

I'm not convinced there is anything new as far as ethics is concerned, and that those who most claim moral outrage at copyright infringement are sometimes a key source of the problem. The claims of harm from software piracy may itself be part of this questionable corporate ethics.

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The common good is alien to corporations

The students have a double standard? I don't think so. The corporations make money by enforcing scarcity on an infinite product. They make money by ensuring those old versions are incompatible with new versions and phasing out support for the old versions. Instead of reducing the price of an old version that has been paid for thousands of times over they make it impossible to acquire. The common good is not good business apparently.

Fortunately the world is starting to see that there is a huge problem with the proprietary model and it's enforced non-compatibility. For example France is in the process of replacing it's proprietary systems with open source systems (Linux). And once the rest of the world realizes that closed systems equal intellectual and economic suicide I think CAAST will be out of work.