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We all talk about piracy now as it is this killer of consoles like Xbox or Playstation. A total war against Torrents, Pirate Bay, like these websites are the new public enemies. As someone who grew up with the Commodore Amiga, a system that practically lived and died by the ease in which its software was pirated, I’ve seen it all before.  There are two things I remember most about using the Commodore Amiga 500, the first is the iconic Amiga Workbench hand, and the second is watching XCopy counting zeros, a great program practically designed for piracy and probably most loved Amiga program ever. Of course there was other software out there for the Commodore Amiga designed to copy the contents of one disc to another, but XCopy was legendary. It embodies so much of what made the Commodore Amiga 500 so accessible and memorable for so many people. Piracy, like the demo scene, was absolutely just a part of every day life for the Amiga users in general.  Sad part of this story is, these are the very things that killed Commodore and the most creative computer of the 80’s and early 90’s.

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