Should Software be Free?

In 1976 Bill Gates wrote an open letter addressing computer hobbyists on the topic of copyright infringement of software. He had recently released a new software called Altair BASIC, and was upset that his software was being used by people that has not paid for it. He argued that such behaviour discouraged developers from spending their time and money on designing new software. I agree with this: the developers should be recognized and paid for their hard work. Read Bill Gates’ Open Letter to Hobbyists below.


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2 thoughts on “Should Software be Free?”

  1. I agree that the developer should receive payment for their hard work but also fell that they should be more lenient and open to community input. You should read the article I wrote on this topic (on my blog page) where I also mention the current debate surrounding Minecraft.


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