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Robin Hoods or thieves? A Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies regarding software piracy
Unformatted Document Text:  Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 19 said that many in the parliament don’t support the law because they themselves are heavily involved in pirating. “The pirates are very active in the parliament when they are trying to postpone drafts of new legislation” according to Eugene Korniychuk, a lawyer and former adviser to Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. Members of parliament complain these are companies that pay taxes and have employees who would be fired, creating downstream problems. “The CD pirates argue that American industry is more interested in stifling competition than protecting copyright, and they paint themselves as Robin Hood figures, protecting the poor Ukrainian consumer against high prices set by the Microsoft monopoly and a music industry that’s being investigated on two continents for price-fixing” (Learmonth, 2001, May 1). Microsoft Corporation acknowledges that part of the problem is education, Piquette saying, “Sometimes people don’t even realize they have bought illegal software, or don’t realize that sharing software with friends is illegal” (Delio, 2002, Jan 22; see also quote of Andrey Dakhovskyy, owner of Ukrainian Records, p. 20??, herein). “In a bid to combat piracy, Microsoft is introducing a product activation system into the XP versions of its software. Activating a product involves contacting Microsoft for an identification number that is then combined with the serial numbers of the components inside your computer to create a unique identifier” (Ward, 2001, Jul 20). However, testers have found that in many cases these activation systems can be easily compromised. If Microsoft releases the current version of the activation program, “they will have wasted lots of money for call-center employees, web servers, and the technology itself” according to web journalist Mike Hartmann (as quoted in Ward, 2001, Jul 20).

Authors: Malyshev, Yuri. and Hamilton, Ann.
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Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 19
said that many in the parliament don’t support the law because they themselves are heavily
involved in pirating. “The pirates are very active in the parliament when they are trying to
postpone drafts of new legislation” according to Eugene Korniychuk, a lawyer and former
adviser to Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. Members of parliament complain these are
companies that pay taxes and have employees who would be fired, creating downstream
problems. “The CD pirates argue that American industry is more interested in stifling
competition than protecting copyright, and they paint themselves as Robin Hood figures,
protecting the poor Ukrainian consumer against high prices set by the Microsoft monopoly
and a music industry that’s being investigated on two continents for price-fixing”
(Learmonth, 2001, May 1).
Microsoft Corporation acknowledges that part of the problem is education, Piquette
saying, “Sometimes people don’t even realize they have bought illegal software, or don’t
realize that sharing software with friends is illegal” (Delio, 2002, Jan 22; see also quote of
Andrey Dakhovskyy, owner of Ukrainian Records, p. 20??, herein). “In a bid to combat
piracy, Microsoft is introducing a product activation system into the XP versions of its
software. Activating a product involves contacting Microsoft for an identification number
that is then combined with the serial numbers of the components inside your computer to
create a unique identifier” (Ward, 2001, Jul 20). However, testers have found that in many
cases these activation systems can be easily compromised. If Microsoft releases the current
version of the activation program, “they will have wasted lots of money for call-center
employees, web servers, and the technology itself” according to web journalist Mike
Hartmann (as quoted in Ward, 2001, Jul 20).


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