We have a Question & Answer platform here on Techzim, where visitors can post tech-related questions and get answers from the community. We try to be there a lot posting answers as well, but we don’t know everything, so it’s really the Zimbabwe tech community (thank you guys, macd, TechGuru, FREEWORLD and all you anonymous fellows!) driving the platform.
Checking the site today, I was met with the question “any legal issues with selling pirated software(.e.g. Say from torrents)?” The question has the following details:
hello guys i am a bit low on cash these days(am a varsity student) and yet i have this big collection of softwares and games. I was wondering if there are any legal complications that may arise if i sell this collection openly? Please dont mark me i know all about it being immoral, or whatever what i just need to know is whether our current jurisdiction is mum on it , condones it etc so i can do business(if the term befits?)?
The asker of the question is anonymous, for obvious reasons. But there some sense of ‘honest-asking’ behind it all, which is, well, interesting and worrying at the same time. So far he has one response there and it says:
Dude, its ‘wrong’ for you to have that stuff in the first place.
I don’t know about your personal values but it seems you know it’s wrong and you just want to find out if you’re going to be taken to task.
If you wanna go and be a jack sparrow, who will stop you in Zim?
Our response to him (or her) is this: From your question, it appears you do know it’s wrong. That alone should be enough to drive you to think of noble ways of making a living. As far as we know there’s some law enforcement for all copyright but the copyright enforcement of international products is not as heavy unless the company is represented officially locally. So, you’ll likely get away with it for a while.
But think of it this way, if you headed a young business that created some business software locally and the solution became popular regionally, would you take kindly to individuals selling pirated copies of the software in Kenya for example? Would you want the copyright enforced there?
If you also have some response for our desperate varsity student here, please share in the comments below.