Yes. That would be equivalent to finding the TV randomly lying outside your doorstep. Just because you can't afford to buy it from a store, doesn't mean you wouldn't take it.
Heh people get so defensive... why? Called a name you don't like? Pfft. Don't be silly, your a thief and are stealing. Deal with the reality and you will feel better. I sure do!
Why try to justify it in different terms? Instead, blame the system itself for making you a thief. (You had no choice, it forced the issue. It would have raped your momma otherwise)
Really it's the broken and outdated system I object to. We have the ability to distribute so many things at a reduced cost. No packaging, no production, etc related cost in terms the distribution. Along with this fact, if we were allowed to MORE DIRECTLY contribute to the creators of the content, wouldn't we all be more likely to do so?
It's the system that's broken and I refuse to use it. Let me contribute to the creators more directly. Let me pay less for a product because you don't have to pay any distribution costs. This... is only reasonable. The system has made me a thief.
As noted, bands that distribute their music for free are on the right track to making a killing in concert sales. Why can't this apply to other areas? I don't want to be forced to go to a theater for a movie, I want to sit at home and eat my own dam popcorn and drink and smoke while I watch it. I should not only have this right, but should have it at a reduced cost. I am not using the unwanted theaters services.
Same goes with software. How much do the actual developers get of a retail sale? If we could contribute to them more directly and cut out the unwanted and unneeded shit, we could give them more and hope to get more in return.
Broken system doesn't want to admit it's broken. Oh well, then get next to nothing from me. I WANT to support people that produce the content, but putting most of the money into this beast of a system I can't get behind. Besides, it tried to rape my momma.
That is probably one of the most twisted and contradictory excuses posted so far.
But the point is, what right do you have to deserve everything?
The justification for elevated prices based upon piracy is hugely flawed though....what proportion of those pirated albums/movies/games would actually have worked out as sales anyway, and how much revenue has really been lost? I'd argue very little and that high prices are down to historical and greed based reasons, plus disdain of the consumer. How many of those clamouring kids actually download with purpose instead of purchasing, and how many download just because it's a habit?
Many of the people who actually do buy their media will use the opportunity to try stuff out via download as a test to see whether it's worth the outlay. Why should we be conned by clever advertising, when that money could have been invested into making a decent product? Whilst i understand that software piracy to avoid import delays is wrong, why should us Europeans get shafted on Portable release dates? And why the hell did Lik-Sang have to pay the price they did.
It's lazy and wrong, and whilst i personally always prefer to have the real thing (
OK, I've covered music piracy a bit earlier, let's head on to software.
I'm not going to justify pirating software.
I spent quite a bit of cash building this PC. Buying Windows genuine etc. would only force me to wait another year, possibly two. Yes, I've stolen Windows, stolen ESET Smart Security, stolen WinRAR, mIRC...
It's illegal. It's immoral. But the only reason I have is that I required that software. I don't have any proper source of income, and getting the physical parts of the computer took some time.
I'm also not going to say that it's software that I'd never buy, because I would buy it. Maybe about two years later...
Pirating games: a similar story. I buy good PC games. I buy PS3 games. Anything else, I pirate, because I don't have money to buy them. Mirror's Edge is good, but is about 5 hours worth