|The success of the Commodore Amiga was founded entirely on piracy. Without piracy, Commodore would never have shipped as many systems as they did. If you go back and read LSD's "Grapevine" now, they had a LOT of articles on piracy with all the claims of doom and gloom. Idiot companies saying "In 5 years there won't be a software industry if piracy continues." What a crock of shit. Electronic Arts, arguably one of the most proflic software houses on Earth, made BILLIONS last year. Piracy is harming the industry? Quit smoking crack.
<P>The truth is, casual piracy harms nobody. All the idiots on here comparing it to rape (make that comparison in front of a woman who has been raped and see what their reaction is. You DESERVE to have your fucking head kicked in for remarks like that) and car theft, they are bogus analogies. You pricks seem incapable of distinguishing the severity.
Say person X downloads a warezd version of "Ninja Slash Part 712". Person X plays this game and does one of two things. It either sucks, and they dump it, having not wasted their money and paid for shit. Or they like it. Sure, they may not buy the original of this, but the inevitable sequel they probably will. I know a lot of software pirates. EVERY SINGLE PERSON WITH A COMPUTER THAT I KNOW pirates software. These range from teenagers right the way through to pensioners. The fact is software is too expensive, and the majority of it is total shit, and as the software companies seem to only be interested in money, rather than quality product, why the fuck should we pay them our hard earned money to be fleeced.
Comparing piracy to stealing a car is stupid. As has been pointed out many times, but, for some reason, hasn't sunk into your thick little heads, someone steals my car (PLEASE!) I no longer have a car. They now do. Property has been removed from my person and is now in someone elses posession. If I "steal" software, that means lifting it from the store and taking it home. THAT is stealing. I have deprived the store of a boxed version of the game, and prevented them from a cash transaction for said game. If I COPY the game, said store still has the boxed version to sell. No theft has occured. If I photocopy an advert from a magazine, by all your stupid definitions, that would be piracy. I've made a copy. "But it's still theft".
The piracy that DOES cause problems is the mass pirating operations. THOSE damage the industry, the casual user at home who downloads a warezed version of Quake 3 is doing as much damage as someone trying to bring down a 747 by throwing feathers at it.
If you don't pirate, well, I'm happy for you, and quite honestly believe you're full of shit. If you claim to have never pirated ANYTHING, then you're a fucking liar. If you've so much as recorded 1 second off the radio, by your definition, you are stealing and are a pirate. If you've ever photocopied ANYTHING that you didn't have explicit permission to photocopy, you are stealing and are a pirate. If you have ever taped anything off of television, you are stealing and are a pirate.
Sleep well, hypocrites.
If you can read this, I'm happy for you.