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It is widely believed that for developing countries, the best strategy to catch up with the footsteps of developed countries is to “piracy” – in China, what we call it “ShanZhai.” It means unauthorized copy. The effect of “ShanZhai” is obvious: saving the time and money invested in a research or a development and using the best technologies and models in the world directly in order to follow up quickly. However, among the countries with “ShanZhai”, the government often supports such behaviour even by default in order to gain profit from it. The mode of taking from others directly has obvious effects in the field of manufacturing or science and technology. A country who should restrict their improper ways to give themselves an unfair advantage in order to keep up with another country.Piracy refers to the copying and redistribution of its works and publications without the consent of the copyright owner, as well as the infringing products made in such act. In many countries and regions, such behaviour is defined as an infringement of intellectual property infringement, or even criminal activities, it will be punished by the host country. “The amount of piracy is extraordinary.”(Bonaventura) People don’t realize how big it is. Pirated publications usually include in three major forms: pirated books, pirated software and pirated audiovisual works. In the past few decays, the emergence of rampant piracy has nothing to do with three factors, time, space and cost. The method of saving copy time, facilitating the dissemination in different spaces and saving the cost of copying will certainly lead to a large-scale of piracy. For example, after the invention of the Gutenberg printing machine in the 15th century, the printing book has an incomparable advantage with the hand-copying book in the speed of copying, the portability and the investment in money. Intuitively saying that people are no longer reading hand copying book nowadays.”All that is real is reasonable, and all that is reasonable is real.”(Hegel). Piracy is supposed to be an act of shouting at everyone. How can there be “positive meaning” at all? It is not a mistake that software piracy is an illegal practice incompatible with “mainstream” society. It directly challenges the laws, regulations and even the regulations of “international law” and related international organizations in various countries and regions in the world. It makes commercial software vendors both technically stigmatized (because anti-piracy technologies are constantly being cracked) and the loss economically. The crimes on software piracy are too many but no one will be excused for it. However, Hegel’s famous assertion seems to point us to another direction of thinking. As a worldwide puzzle that has plagued the world for decades, the phenomenon of software piracy must also have its “rationality.” In 2007, America was the country has the lowest rate of global software piracy, however in this economically developed country with a high sense of national laws, software piracy still persists, no matter how hard the government tried to eradicate it. If the huge gap between “legal permission” and “illegal authorization” cannot be eradicated or shorten the problems from piracy will still exist, perhaps that’s the “reasonable” factor that software piracy exists in reality. It is reasonable to be realistic. The existence of software piracy is the result of the urgent need of users for pirated software. Pirated CDs only sell a few bucks for a minimum. The low prices mean that the economic benefits of pirated manufacturers will not be cut down at all because the costs involved in engaging in piracy operations is minimal. The research and development costs, promotion costs, tax costs, after-sales service costs they are all zero. Doubled profits will naturally make pirated manufacturers take the risk, rampant piracy manufacturers will inevitably lead to rampant piracy. At this very moment, moral condemnation and legal preaching have been pale and feeble.It seemed like piracy brought lots of issues, it discouraged the creativity of a country, disturbed the market order, the copyright infringement, affected the normal management and taxation of the market and encouraged the spreading of unhealthy software and so on. In fact, while we were all focusing on its opposite side we were also ignoring the benefit that piracy can bring to a country.Piracy can promote social progress for a country as a benefit. Firstly, software piracy drives technological advances. In order to prevent software from being pirated, commercial software vendors are always racked their brains to add anti-piracy technology to their products, from the registration code to the serial number and then online activation. Commercial software companies anti-piracy means to be more sophisticated and use more advanced technology on their product. The unholy truth of a Chinese common saying “while the priest climbs a post, the devil climbs ten.” will make the anti-piracy technology progress again and again in the course of being constantly cracked and constantly updated. Secondly, software piracy can promote the perfection of a legal system of a country. Realistic problems and loopholes in law enhance the urgency of perfecting the legal system. The ever-changing software piracy means that the laws and regulations relating to the protection of intellectual property have increasingly highlighted their limitations, that speeding up the amendment and the speed at which the corresponding legal provisions should at least be interpreted. Thirdly, software piracy helps to cultivate the user’s habits of a country, thereby promoting the popularity of related software and increasing its market share. Many commercial software vendors, when entering a certain market will invariably take the attitude of “keeping one eye on and closing the other one” and on this phenomenon of piracy, it spontaneously explained the issue. While Microsoft’s Windows operating system and Office productivity software were initially seemed intent to conniving at some of the pirated vendors when entering the Chinese market, at the same time Kaspersky Anti-Virus software was also seemed generosity to indulge users in sharing registration numbers on the Internet. These two software vendors from different countries, focusing on different technologies, have the same marketing strategy and have brought their products a dominant market share. Fourthly, software piracy enables more users of a country to experience the latest technology in advance, enabling users to increase their dependence on the corresponding software while improving their skills in keeping with the new era. Although poverty cannot be an excuse for theft, poverty is indeed the cause of the theft. Without the existence of piracy, many users who are unable to pay the high cost of “authorization” will be denied from the latest and most practical software and technology at this time “Piracy is our only option.”(Thompson)In conclusion, although a country can copy the technological achievements from developed countries and save the costs of doing it by their own, by the time when they are doing it, they have given up the effort and chance to establish a legitimate economic base for the local knowledge industry, and the economic and cultural issues that matter to their development will also remain stagnant. In simple life, if we keep copying other peoples’ work we would not be able to make progress on our own, eventually, we will pay the price for it. 


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