Bill Gates' piracy confession

Posted by salparadise on Jun 30, 2006 12:13 AM EDT; By Robert L. Mitchell
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If you read way down to the bottom of a Wall Street Journal interview with Bill Gates that ran yesterday, you'll discover that the Microsoft executive admitted to watching pirated movies on the Internet. The confession came as he was talking about content he had viewed on YouTube.

Here's part of the exchange:

WSJ: You watch physics lectures and Harlem Globetrotters [on YouTube]?

Gates: This social-networking thing takes you to crazy places.

WSJ: But those were stolen, correct?

Gates: Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for. So yes.

Ed:Well this is a fine mess isn't it? Here is arguably the worlds most influential IT person admitting to "stealing" content. In light of his position and his wealth it's lamentable. In light of the position his company is taking with regard to DRM it's absolutely disgusting. Do as I say, not as I do, eh? So where does this leave us Mr. Bill Gates? A public apology in the offing? A law case brought by the contents owners? A climb down by Microsoft over its planned use of DRM? Or an embarrassed smile and business as usual? What do you think?

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