According to the Washington Post, Romanian President Traian Basescu recently told Bill Gates:
“Piracy helped the young generation discover computers. It set off the development of the IT industry in Romania,”
No doubt it wasn’t the first time ”piracy” has boosted an industry, and certainly won’t be the last. Piracy can, at least in some cases, be in the eye of the beholder.
Bill Gates unsurprisingly made no comment…
Thanks to Sebastian Derwisch, consultant to CAS-IP for sending me the link.