Perhaps Bill Gates is not the best model for ethical behavior....
How about this guy?
Hey, it is legal in my state!
Bill gates is giving away billions to charity while tiger has to pay millions for alimony. Who has a better sense of ethics?
really the crux of all this copyright and who deserves to get paid? lets look at example 1, Linus Torvalds, he just became a US citizen and of course is known as inventor/writer of Linux. He wrote a free OS, and other companys like Red Hat profitted by packaging the rewritten OS into a CD and offering support. Of course Red Hat didn't want to seem like a total ingrate and gave Linus stock options, but they didn't have to either. He has a good job position now and does well, but that's because he's Linus Torvalds, he made Linux, just like Bill Gates can go around the world giving free mosquito nets and vaccines to everyone, ppl will still think, hey his OS is running my netbook.
copyright pays and hurts industry,
buy a whole cd to get one song, everyone knows 90% of a CD is junk.
now they release singles. and itunes
well why can't Bluray be like this? why can't i just get a stripped down blue ray with no director's commentary or extra's and pay less?
the music industry wants everyone to pay for everything, they make it impossible for internet radio to function but let FM radio off the hook, a whole generation of ppl were brought up on the notion of a "mixed tape" were ppl really recording from one tape to another or were they waiting for the stupid DJ to stop talking so they could ninja press "play" + "rec" really fast?
Now if you give a mixed tape/CD/thumb drive to someone, your considerated a pirate.
i'm not taking a stance, just making a statement that the RIAA and the movie industry are all sorts of messed up with digital media and copyright and fair rights, and dvr's and tivo's and everything, while the software industry has always been at least constant, you steal... you steal, no wiggle room.
Of course even the software industry has stupid rules where MS says that windows is tied to a specific motherboard purchase/ or now the new license whatever thing with autodesk.
I just recently had a dinner convo with one guy and said that his movie nights with friends are essentially against the law, he's like how? and i'm like well your playing the dvd in your house and making a profit, he's like i don't make a profit. I go sure you do, as a good house guest ppl bring over sodas/beers chips and stuff right? he goes yea, I go well that could be considered an admission fee, cuz otherwise they wouldn't be allowed in.
Of course my example is absurd, but a good lawyer i'm sure could make a case out of it.