posted on Oct, 30 2005 @ 09:48 AM
Oh yes, there are programs that EASILY cost over $10,000. I know that commercial lisences of engineering software like Autodesk's CAD packages,
Pro-Engineer, and thermal analysis software can easily be that expensive. There are even other programs that can be phenomenally expensive. I've
heard numbers over $50,000 thrown around. At the arcade I go to the guy was working on the Dance Dance Revolution Extreme machine and showed me the
CD-ROM that ran the game. That CD and the corresponding security ROM were worth $1000. Some upgrades may cost even more.
Anyways, if I were to pirate, I'd just take my entire music collection and burn it to a DVD-RW and give it to a friend. I'd really like to see the
RIAA or MPAA try and track that. (I have moral issues so I don't actually do that, but I can easily see other people doing that.) That's 900 songs
right there. So I'm thinking offline "speakeasies" might be the upcoming thing - and that would be infinately harder to trace or regulate.