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The Ethics Coach on Pirating Software, Copycat Designing and More

This month we tackle thorny questions about pirates, extreme imitation and angry creditors.

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Q: I purchased a few different software packages for my electronics engineering business at the cost of $5,000 to $7,000 each--a significant expense. The vast majority of consultants and some small businesses I've met pirate at least one of those applications. We all know various justifications for downloading free software and music, but discovering how common pirating software is makes me feel like a sucker! I'm paying

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