Why I've Become A Software Pirate

from the not-a-very-good-rationale dept

Not sure I buy the reasoning, but a so-called “internet guru” is explaining that she has no problems pirating software because it’s so buggy. She rationalizes the decision by saying that she shouldn’t be forced to pay for what clearly should be alpha or beta level software – where our “testing” and discovery of security holes is a paid-for privilege that creates the next generation of software that (yup) we’re expected to buy again. Of course, if she finds the software so buggy, why is she using it in the first place?

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Why I've Become A Software Pirate”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Anonymous Coward says:

No Subject Given

I don’t think this is really an issue for Microsoft – Windows has such deep penetration mainly due to the fact that everybody and his dog has a hookey copy.

Of all my friends I know 2 who have a legit copy of Windows (I have one too, 98SE I think it was) and I even know companies who have bought one copy of Windows/Office and installed it on 40+ computers, or the latest trick is to install it on a shared drive and create a shortcut on everybody’s desktop!

I don’t really agree with her argument though – pirating software usually just makes the software vendor concentrate more on implementing copy-protection than improving the product – DVD2one is a prime example of this.

Then again, copy-protection can actually ruin software too – like Unreal 2003 was really unstable until they finally removed Macrovision’s copy-protection in the latest patch.

Sam Moses says:

Re: No Subject Given

Look, there is no acceptable reason to pirate software. None. It is a crime, a felony in the US, and it takes the food out of the mouths of hard working programmers in India!

If you think your software is too buggy, don’t use the damn thing. Her whole argument is a poor justification for her actions, which, quite frankly are offensive.

It sounds like her problem is PAYING for (as in spending actual money on)software. If this is true, let her switch to Linux. I use it, and it runs marvelously.

Free sofrware is usually of similar quality to paid software, and a modern Linux box will run just about anything. All, that, and you don’t have to deal with the burden of the BSA staring over your shoulder. It’s a win win situation.

Ram Tough says:

No Subject Given

I can certainly understand her frustration. Unfortunately, it seems like the only way to force software companies to get serious.
Most of these companies are falling all over themselves to get their software used in critical applications. The kind that, when they fail, people can be hurt. Yet they don’t care that the stuff just doesn’t work, as long as they can sell it.
I myself have never pirated software, and feel it’s wrong to do so. I’ve just stopped buying any new windows software. The old versions work well enuf for what I want to do.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...