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Originally posted by WyrdeOne
"If you're selling water in the desert, and one day it starts to rain, you don't appeal to the government to outlaw rain! You sell something else." - Ian Clarke (paraphrased)
If people want to take my work without paying for it, that's fine. Artists should never need more lawyers than criminals, and I just count myself lucky that the work is getting read.
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Originally posted by crowpruitt
Remember way back when VCRs came out?I wonder how many folks have closets full of movies they recorded off of HBO and other movie channels.Its the same thing today with downloading movies off the internet.
Originally posted by defcon5
It does not matter how you try and sugarcoat, or justify why you are stealing, but ripping software is no different then shoplifting.
Originally posted by Kronik98
If I enjoy the product, I will purchase it to support the artist, but those are few and far between unfortunately. Maybe if I didn't have to spend my money on crap, and there was more quality product out there, than I might feel a shred of regret
Originally posted by SimiusDei
I, personally, have absolutely ZERO problem with pirating any sort of media.
As far as software goes, if it weren't for software moguls being amongst the richest people on the planet, I don't really see how they are hurting AT ALL... Just seeing the way MOST musicians behave and the RIDICULOUSLY sized homes they live in (not to mention their 27 vehicles)... The same goes for movies. Does ANYONE really need a home with 80 rooms and 20 different vehicles? A tennis court in the back yard? A golf course?
Originally posted by defcon5
As someone who spent some time as a professional application developer, all I can say is that theft is theft, period. It does not matter how you try and sugarcoat, or justify why you are stealing, but ripping software is no different then shoplifting. It only seem like it is a victimless crime because you can do it from the comfort of your own home
Originally posted by jsobecky
I have at least a dozen very handy programs or routines on my PC that I downloaded for free off the net. No stealing involved. Stuff like Spybot.
How is it that some software is free when others feel the need to charge for it?
Spybot was written by the German software engineer Patrick Michael Kolla, and is distributed by Kolla's Irish company Safer Networking Limited. Development began in 2000 when Kolla, still a student, wrote a small program to deal with the Aureate/Radiate and Conducent TimeSink programs, two of the earliest examples of adware.