Romania tells Bill Gates that piracy helps

Bill Gates attended the grand opening of a new research center in Romania. He was presented by the Star of Romania from the president, Traian Basescu, a medal usually given out for outstanding bravery during wartime. And he got to listen to a speech held by the president at the opening. A speech that must have surprised him a bit.

"Piracy helped the young generation to discover computers. It set off the development of the IT industry in Romania", he said.

"A bad thing became, in the end, an investment in friendship towards Microsoft and Bill Gates; an investment in educating the young generation in Romania which created the Romanians' friendship with the computer."

The British Software Alliance (BSA) made a survey, concluding that 72 per cent of all software in Romania is pirated. Bill Gates did not reply to the president's statement.

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