The Michigan Daily--Monday, November 30, 1987- Page 5
Loose laws make piracy easy
Rock in a box Doily Photo by KAREN HANDELMAN
An anti-Greek shanty covers The Rock at the corner of Washtenaw and Geddes. The other side of the shanty
says, "Liberate Charlies, Save Rick's, Go home Greeks," and "Why pay for friends?"
Political refugees find U.S. asylum-
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has recognized students' attitude
toward software piracy, and has taken
measures to change it.
This summer, ITD spent $6,000
on EDUCOM's pamphlet, "Using
Software: A Guideline to the ethical
and legal uses of software for
members of the academic
community." It was distributed to
department heads, at computing cen-
ters, and in packages given to
students who open up request
Rezmierski believes the pamphlet
will curb most pirating because
most students do it unintentionally.
"The majority of people who pirate
software are doing it without
adequate information," she said.
HOWEVER, some say telling
students about piracy is not enough.
"It's absolutely irrelevant," said
Rosenberg. "The University's got to
prosecute somebody. They've got to
Rosenberg said the University
must set firm policy about piracy. "I
think it should be treated the way
they treat plagiarism," he said. "The
intellectual integrity is the same."
The University does not have a
set policy to treat piracy, but the
computing center sent letters to
schools and departments
"encouraging them to come up with
a policy in their own area," said
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The public access computing
sites don't have any set penalties for
pirating, but it could result in a
temporary or permanent ban from
the facilities. "If we catch someone,
we're going to take action," Autrey-
ROSENBERG FEELS that
even more stringent rules about
software should be applied to
faculty. Faculty caught pirating
software should be fired, he said.
"They ought to know better."
The software industry and
universities are now making a
concerted effort to curb software
piracy, but the expected effectiveness
Software manufactures are
starting to offer universities new and
cheaper ways to purchase programs
called "site licenses," which come in
a variety of forms. Some site
licenses allow universities to make
unlimited copies of the software by
charging a substantial initial fee.
Some offer discounts for bulk pur-
chases. And others charge
universities an annual fee for
ALTHOUGH SITE licenses
are not common yet, the University
is already benefiting from a couple.
By paying $99 annually to Apple,
the University is permitted to give
Systems Folders to all faculty and
staff for free. And a volume
agreement with Microsoft allows the
University to sell the "Word"
program ($395.00 retail) for $58.50.
"They effectively allow us to give
away software," said Greg Weiss,
sales manager at ITD.
Rosenberg believes lower prices
will not send students running to the
stores. "Students by and large will
not buy software unless it's below
the price of a blank disk," he said.
Software manufacturers say the
benefits from purchasing the original
software will, in the long-run,
outweigh the immediate cost-saving
and ease of pirating it. Douglas
Martin, educational sales manager at
Microsoft, said people who own
original software receive manuals
that explain the programs and
upgrades for no more than $75. He
said their software is upgraded about
every six months, so pirated.
software becomes useless.
LIKE RECORDING albums
and taping movies, software piracy
will always be around. Even if the
school stiffens the penalty for
getting caught, there is nothing to
prevent pirating in the privacy of a
Even if students realize piracy is
against the law, many still do it
because they know nothing will.
happen to them even if they get.
First-year LSA student and ex-
pirater Jodi said she doesn't pirate
software because she has what she'
needs, but wouldn't give a second
thought to copying something she
wanted in the future. "I wouldn't feel
that anything is wrong with it," she
said. "The laws are really loose.
Who could prove that I did it?"
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is coming from, there is no
provision for the economic refugee
status under our laws," Montgomery
Eighty percent of Salvadorans are
poor, said the Celayas, but that is
not why most people want to leave.
The Celayas consider themselves
political refugees, though the U.S.
government does not.
Salvadorans and Guatemalans are
afraid to apply for asylum because
they feel that their applications will
be denied and that the U.S.
government doesn't treat them
Only 2.5 percent of the
Salvadoran and .1 percent of the
Guatemalans are granted political
asylum. The Celayas feel that those
granted asylum are the rich.
Joseph Timmers, the coordinating
director of the Detroit-Canada
Refugee Coalition, an organization
that helps Central American refugees
get to Canada, said the United States
government does not consider the
Guatemalan and Salvadoran
Since 1980, more than 63,000
civilians have been killed and there
are more than 7,000 "desaparecidos"
- people who have disappeared -
in El Salvador, said Latin American
Solidarity Committee member Siri
Current U.S. law requires
refugees to show that they will be
"personally persecuted" if they are
deported in order to be granted
Sheppie Abramowitz, State
Department representative in the
Bureau of Refugee Programs, saidr
the Department of State is testifying
in favor of the Safe Haven Act of
1987, which would allow, but not
require, the United States to assist
refugees already in the country. This
act would allow refugees to remain
in the United States until situationsI
are safe in their homelands.
Abramowitz said, "We believe
that the bill helps to fill the gap that
exists in our current immigration
The current process can take more
than five years, during which the
applicant is permitted to remain in
the United States.
Montgomery said 99 percent of
INS decisions are upheld when
reviewed by the U.S. courts.
He also said no person is removed
from the U.S. until they have gone
through all those steps.
Montgomery said he feels the
"whole (sanctuary movement) is to
generate media attention. These
organizations are political and don't
really care about the little guy. They
just want to get their political views
The Celayas don't believe that the
organizations helping them are
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