Afghanistan Diary
Thursday, March 24, 2005

In Afghanistan, pirated DVDs, CDs and software are available everywhere for one or two buck a piece. Software piracy is rampant. Once, while visiting the office of another organization, I have had the opportunity to witness an IT person enter a 20 characters length product key from memory! He had installed the same software (licensed for one PC) so many times that he knew it by heart. Sometimes things go too far. For instance, in any decent store, one can buy software such as Microsoft Office 2005, or Microsoft Longhorn final edition, neither of which even exists as a commercial product.

I agree with you. only US and UK organizations respect piracy law.
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