“The numbers floated around about how much software piracy is out there have no bearing in reality.”

David Fewer, staff counsel at the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), was quoted in an article by Vawn Himmelsbach discussing software copyright infringement, counterfeiting, and possible public policy responses.

On an individual level, most software companies don't mind a little bit of piracy, he said.

Microsoft would much rather have university students using a pirated version of Windows as opposed to Linux or – God forbid – Apple.