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Old 06-17-2002, 11:24 PM   #1
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Anybody else have a moral problem with pirated software?

'Cause I do. I called this Mac consultant because I've been wanting to really get into my computer. I know that it can do so much more than write a term paper or post on Interference. And, this past week, my Netscape crapped out on me. I can't easily access my email, and I can't easily get to a lot of my bookmarks. It's a pain in the ass to switch everything over to IE. The story is longer, but you don't care. ANYWAY, I called this guy, and he starts telling me what he can do for me, and how much it costs, and I'm cool with everything, and then he starts telling me about the upgrades and other programs he provides on a cd for cheap. And I'm thinking hmmm...something doesn't sound right. So I ask him if he's got licenses for all these. Why no, but it's a "service" he offers. He "respects people who have a moral problem" with "this kind of thing," never saying the words "pirated software." Then goes on to tell me that he only mentioned it because so many people want it. He didn't actually say the words "everyone else is doing it," but it was the same effect.

I have a problem with this!!! Now, I've decided to not "buy" the software he's selling, but I think his whole two hour minimum is based on installing this shit. Plus, I don't think I want to do business with a guy that is so willing to steal.

I guess I've decided, so thanks for listening.
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I have absolutely no problem with using pirated software and do not think of it as being a form of 'stealing', if you were to steal from the poor, ok then this is stealing but to use software that is so easily pirated from a company who are worth millions, more fool them I think.....Now when I was a university student studying graphic design we used all of the Adobe software like Illustrator and Photoshop and if I had gone out and bought the legit software it would of cost me literaly thousands of dollars, which was simply money that I would never have had as I was a poor student.....now I respect that I was probably 'stealing' the people who designed these programs intellectual property, but hey why the heck do they have to make these programs so bloody expensive? If I could afford to buy legit copies I would, but I will never have the money to justify spending a thousand dollars for a graphics program that I can get for free off a friend,,,,anyway my .02 cents
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I have absolutely no problem with using pirated software and do not think of it as being a form of 'stealing', if you were to steal from the poor, ok then this is stealing but to use software that is so easily pirated from a company who are worth millions, more fool them I think.....Now when I was a university student studying graphic design we used all of the Adobe software like Illustrator and Photoshop and if I had gone out and bought the legit software it would of cost me literaly thousands of dollars, which was simply money that I would never have had as I was a poor student.....now I respect that I was probably 'stealing' the people who designed these programs intellectual property, but hey why the heck do they have to make these programs so bloody expensive? If I could afford to buy legit copies I would, but I will never have the money to justify spending a thousand dollars for a graphics program that I can get for free off a friend,,,,anyway my .02 cents
I completely agree!!!
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I have absolutely no problem with using pirated software and do not think of it as being a form of 'stealing', if you were to steal from the poor, ok then this is stealing but to use software that is so easily pirated from a company who are worth millions, more fool them I think.....Now when I was a university student studying graphic design we used all of the Adobe software like Illustrator and Photoshop and if I had gone out and bought the legit software it would of cost me literaly thousands of dollars, which was simply money that I would never have had as I was a poor student.....now I respect that I was probably 'stealing' the people who designed these programs intellectual property, but hey why the heck do they have to make these programs so bloody expensive? If I could afford to buy legit copies I would, but I will never have the money to justify spending a thousand dollars for a graphics program that I can get for free off a friend,,,,anyway my .02 cents
I do the exact same thing.

In the case of my (current) graphics program, I got it from my father's company who was upgrading to Adobe 6.0, and they were throwing out their Adobe 5.5, so why not use it? Before I got Adobe, I used cracks I downloaded to use trial-only programs for as long as I wanted, and it worked great.

In most cases, if I have the money or I think it is REALLY worth it, I'll buy it, but I pretty much don't buy pirated software or bootlegs.
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I'm planning to migrate my system to Linux (well, after I've finished my final thesis, which will be at the end of this year if it goes in the same tempo), so I will not have these piracy concerns again. Why not? Well, almost everything on Linux is free (as in beer)!

But regarding software piracy, I have a dual feeling about it. No, it's not right to just copy a program without paying for it (and if the BSA (Business Software Alliance) finds out about it you'll have to pay a huge fine above the licensing costs). But... the EULA's (End User License Agreement) of many software applications are so ridiculous. If you ever have much time on your hands, try to read them. Basically, the license says that you cannot do anything with the program (only install it at one computer, no network use unless you have enough licenses for it, no guarantee or warantee, etc.). And now with Microsoft introducing their new License 6.0 agreement (which basically says that you don't have ownership on the software you bought, you just licensed it for a year, so you have to pay license costs every year (although you do get further updates for free)), I'd say to many software companies "Shove the shit up your ..."

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I have absolutely no problem with using pirated software and do not think of it as being a form of 'stealing', if you were to steal from the poor, ok then this is stealing but to use software that is so easily pirated from a company who are worth millions, .02 cents
You know, you always wonder what people's motivations are for various things.. (Tax Increases Come To Mind).. but they never truly say it.. I'm still kinda confused I even read this.. OZ?.. Are you joking us here with this statement?.. But i'm sure it's just me who is disgusted by this statement.

Anyways, On to Pirated software.. I don't sweat popping a disc in that's not mine.. There was a funny story about one of my friends in college.. back when pod racer was big, I tried to get it off him to copy.. I know.. i blew all discretion.. but he wouldn't allow me.. 'Because He will be working for Lucas Arts in teh Future (possibly.. it was like a 1 in 100 chance), and He felt dishonorable in stealing from his own company. So I just said I just wanna play it.. not copy it.. in a correction.. and he gave it to me (To Play and Delete).. Hahahah..

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And now with Microsoft introducing their new License 6.0 agreement (which basically says that you don't have ownership on the software you bought, you just licensed it for a year, so you have to pay license costs every year (although you do get further updates for free))
Which is why I love my Mac. It allows me to have as little to do with Microsoft as possible. It even bugs me to have to use IE until I get my Netscape to work.

It surprises me that so many people would willingly steal!
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Which is why I love my Mac. It allows me to have as little to do with Microsoft as possible. It even bugs me to have to use IE until I get my Netscape to work.
You can try out Mozilla ( http://www.mozilla.org ). This is a browser on which Netscape has based its browser. They have a Mac version (about a 10 Mb download), so you might give it a chance.

One warning though, do not use an identical profile as the one you use on Netscape.

C ya!

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I'm such a big, fat chicken! A roaster, even. I called the guy back to tell him no thanks, and all I said was I've decided to wait, which was part of the problem. I said nothing about the software issue.


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I'm planning to migrate my system to Linux



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You can try out Mozilla
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I have a problem with it. It is definitely "stealing." OzAurora, I would say that stealing is not defined by the relative wealth of the person robbed, or the ease of the robbery. If that's what you believe, then when you step off the train in Rome and some kid picks your pocket, you weren't robbed.
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I'm sure it's wrong. And I still do it. And I don't have a qualm about it. I will choose to blame it on the culture I grew up in. In Indonesia, there is no such thing as copyright laws...or if there are, they are certainly not enforced. Half the stuff I ever bought there was pirated; you couldn't GET the originals even if you wanted to. So for what it's worth...no, I don't have a problem with it even though I should. Geez, that felt like a zoo confessional.
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Not a problem at all. I need or want the software but I also need/want the money......oh yes.... I am criminal.
Same goes with music. I'm not gonna pay Euro 22,- for a CD when I can get or compile one for just one Euro. Except one U2 bootleg I haven't bought any cd since ATYCLB, only a little vinyl stuff. Yes, the music industry hates guys like me, and i know it might not be right, but as long as they're saying they're working on strategies to reduce piracy and all I see is just them raising the prices I probably won't take them seriously anyway.
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Which is why I love my Mac. It allows me to have as little to do with Microsoft as possible. It even bugs me to have to use IE until I get my Netscape to work.

It surprises me that so many people would willingly steal!

--note title of reply--


Actually, Mircosoft owns a large, very large, part of Apple computers. But they keep it hush hush because they want to get money from the sales of people who are "screwing Bill Gates". Really funny actually, he's got quite the monopoly going for himself. But I don't blame him, it's not like he's charging outragous prices for his products, and they are quality (for the most part).

As far as pirated software goes.. ya, I do it, you got a problem!
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The entire consumer culture is in shambles. Ever notice how anything worth anything in America requires a bank loan now? Houses...cars...college... And the software industry wonders why no one wants to pay top dollar for software? We don't have money for something so seemingly nonessential. The software industry needs to delinate between corporate consumers, who can afford top dollar and make money using the software, and private consumers, who generally can't afford top dollar and don't profit off of the software anyway.

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