Do you pirate software?

Do you pirate software?
 

 
 
 
 

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Anonymous

lol, i pirate pirate games on the piratebay ^^

Anonymous

You mean people pay for software?

Anonymous

Ive only pirated 3 things they are Fraps and pinnacle studio 14 The only reason i did this is that i bought them in the first place but them comp broke then couldn't re obtain then. and thats my story

Anonymous

I pirate everything, except Operating Systems i pay for that too risky to pirate that. So movies, games (sometimes), applications and music is what i pirate most of the time.

arrgggggg I'm a real pirate with thousands of dollars of stolen material on my head. :)

Anonymous

Don't pirate the OS I pay for that
Have done with games frequently do pay for some music pirate movies a lot!
Software less so as I use open source quite a bit.

So I pirate less nowadays but it's very widespread indeed I also fix computers and build the odd one and I can tell you the vast majority of pc users have pirated software or music/games/films. There is no "battle" the war was lost years ago!

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Everything, except my OS.. ^^

Game for fun =D

Anonymous

I'm a student. If I had to buy all the programs I have to use (Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, Cubase, Office Word, Excel, Publisher..) I'd have to sell a lung or two. As it's still not producing any monetary benefit to me I won't buy them until I earn money from them as a professional. Same goes for media, music and games. Although I do buy the games and movies I really liked and have known a handful of music bands ,gone to their concerts (paying the expensive ticket) and bought two groups' entire discography (including EPs and merchandising)thanks to my "pirate" activities so i consider it to be pretty fair deal.

That's what "piracy" is for.

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Boy I downloaded 3 software programs each costs 5k dollars!
I didn't know, my cheap computer probably costs around 20k now!!!
I need the software for my learning, I live in Mexico, not even working a full year could I ever pay 5 thousand for a piece of software.
For me this is like using credit, and once I complete my studies I promise I'll give it back to society!

Anonymous

Most of the time I buy my software, however there are times when I run across a piece of software that I really want to learn how to use but it is waaaaaaay more expensive than most people who are just starting out with that kind of software can afford, in a case like that I have been known to pirate some things. Also I may pirate a game occasionally if it is something that is hard to find or something that I really have questions about buying and I want to check it out better than a demo will allow me to before buying, in that kind of scenario I have been known to pirate something. Mostly I am a pirate before you buy it kind of guy if I pirate at all. If I find that I like using a program and use it regularly I will usually find some way of purchasing a legit copy even it is a used legit copy.

Anonymous

I download everything:
176 movies
32 TV Shows (all seasons)
17104 songs
48 games
40+ software programs
Only thing I've bought for my computer was Windows 7 64bit, and that only cost 20 bucks from my University.

I would never be able to justify spending $20K+ on stuff I could torrent for free.

Anonymous

I pirate everything I need. Why pay when you can just take it? Paying is maybe the more honourable method but we live in a corrupt world as it is. However I will pay for software that I use all the time, which i benefit from, but right now i'll stick to pirating untill I can actually afford to buy what I use

Anonymous

I download free software and media occasionally. I don't like the word "pirate". Pirates are guys who sail the seven seas in search of treasure. I just download overpriced things for free.

If I like a company, band, etc, I'll buy their stuff. If I feel like their prices aren't justified or that they don't deserve the money, I'll get it for free instead.

File sharing doesn't even put a dent in huge corporations' profits. First of all, it's nothing like walking into a store and stealing a disc. That disc cost money to manufacture. The box it's in cost money to manufacture. THAT is stealing, and it can hurt a company. With file sharing, you're downloading a COPY that cost nothing to make. The creators want to make you feel like you're stealing their work, but in reality, they just feel like they lost POTENTIAL profit (and honestly, you wouldn't have paid for it either way).

Let's say, hypothetically speaking, you walk into a grocery store and steal an apple. Someone had to grow this apple, pick it from an apple tree, load it onto a truck, and drive it to the store. Now let's say you go into the same grocery store and instead clone the apple. While some would find this morally wrong, it is not stealing. The original is still there for anybody to buy, and your "copy" isn't hurting anybody.

Anonymous

Tip, sell pirate software and then buy the original. You be doing the favor for the rich and the poor... ;)

Anonymous

hey well for me its like this.if i see a game or played it somewhere and really liked it,i would buy it otherwise id pirate games,movies,music,os.but if i see something i like id buy it to support developers,or a game that has great multiplayer.

Anonymous

Here you can quickly download free full version PC games and other software and other web applications.

Anonymous

Only thing I own is Dirt 2 that came with the 5870. Everything else is pirated. Windows, Bs player, steam, hell... even the connection is pirated so I get faster internet.

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Your not going to turn me in, are you Rodney? I very rarely pirate games.

Anonymous

I generally buy software, but pirate from companies by whom I've felt ripped off.

EA is the worst offender in my personal gaming history. I loved all the old Need for Speed games, but some of the more recent titles I paid full price for (Carbon and Undercover in particular) were terrible to the point I felt robbed. Similarly, the NBA Live series *flagrantly* exploited customer loyalty by letting it degenerate into crap, knowing they could count on returning customers.

I know it's not my right to take their software now, but I honestly don't feel the slightest bit of guilt pirating EA software at this point. They already have hundreds of my dollars, many of which were for undeniably bad games sold by abusing my loyalty.

Anonymous

I never get it to work so i don't mess with it no more

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This is a great question and thanks for everyone being honest. I also used to pirate software when I was younger and struggling to pay rent and put food on the table. However I am alot older, and have the resources I don't have to pirate anymore, however software companies are still charging way to much for their applications, Adobe products are a prime example.

Anyway great question Rodney,

Michelair
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I dont get get alot of games, apps or movies, but if i had a job i would buy most of it

And i will only buy music if it doesnt have that copyright crap

Anonymous

I got my os pirated. Got 6 computer at home, 5 of them with pirate version. All the system are custom built for thei purposes, and i bought win 7 x64 for one of them, but when you consider the price if it, I can not afford this for all the systems i have. All this system are for my home business, except for my gaming rig, and I can not afford to buy 6 os at microsoft rip-off price

Anonymous

I'm a broke middle-class citizen, so I pirate everything. It all started when media (in general) began to suck, and the price for all media began to increase as well. For me, I can't afford to waste money on something without knowing if it's worth it's weight in gold, so I pirate before I buy. This includes movies, music, software, games, operating systems, heck... even books at times.

In all honesty, I actually do purchase the products that fall into the category of being 'worth it' (even it takes me a while to actually be able to afford it).

I truly believe that piracy (at least for software) has helped the media industries in some ways. For example: I acquire a PC game, I play it, I like it, I tell all my friends, they (unlike me) are afraid to pirate software (and have better jobs) so they actually go out and buy it... 1-copy "stolen", 3 or more copies sold. But the theft wasn't physical, it wasn't taken out of inventory; it is game is merely a digital clone, a free advertisement, the equivalent of sending a copy to Game Informer for a review.

The main difference in that example being that people will still 'think' about whether to trust the G.I. review, but if your friend says, "Dude, you gotta play this #$%*ing game!", chances are you'll buy it.

Just about everyone knows a pirate, and that person is so well versed in current media, that they are most likely the primary source of media/entertainment information in their group of friends. That's free advertising.

[Note: I haven't slept yet, so this is probably more of a rant, but I hope it makes some kind of sense. If not, oh well, I'm going to sleep now.]

btw - love your show!

Anonymous

There are certain programs that are too expensive that I pirate such as photoshop.

Sometimes I just pirate software to try it out properly then remove it when find out it is crap.

I never pirate windows as its too hard and if you purchase oem is not really that expensive although I think windows prices are still a rip off.

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Its easier to pirate than own legit.

Thus I pirate.

Oh course theres more to it than that, I have no income and require really expensive software licenses for my course I just can't afford.

Prices for movies and games are extortionate, we pay twice as much as Americans do and our dollar is worth the SAME. We're charged double because they can get away with it. Even the Americans are charged too much.

I have plenty of legit software music and games I've bought, but that's only when I had a job.

~Zwan

Take everything I say at your own risk :)

Anonymous

What if you own it before but lost the disc? like ff7 or something i got that game 2 times but im bad at holding on to things lol.

Anonymous

I pay for mostly everything. I do pirate but it is inconsistent and rare. Except for a few occasions throughout the years, I will always pay for a game. If it isn't worth paying for, it isn't worth playing in my mind. Movies are all Red Box rentals.

My cable company charges too much money for Showtime access, and the only thing I'd ever watch at that channel is Dexter. I will pirate an episode of Dexter the day after it airs. Everything else I watch is on the DVR.

That's my story anyway.

Anonymous

The only genuine piece of "software" I own is Tom Clancy's HAWX.

Anonymous

I never pirate OS, even if Windows 7 costs an ungodly amount. Everyone from time to time downloads music from sites, and that is technically pirating. Other people like myself torrent stuff. I've actually been busted twice for downloading movies, but the dudes at Verizon are bros and just send out warnings and don't do anything.

It's been a while since I've pirated a lot, but I still do from time to time. I usually download stuff like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, games I know I'm not going to play but would still like to try it as a demo of sorts. My brother enlisted in the military months ago and he's been without internet since then, so it's easier to send up an iso of a game instead of a whole DVD.

Also, lol at all the anons, and the 'Other (Please Specify)' option.

Anonymous

I only buy the program if it worth it!

Anonymous

OS & apps: Most students can get Windows for free or at a discount. There are allot of free/open source apps out there.
Movies: There are some old obscure movies that are easier to find on torrent sites. I would buy them but I can't find them in stores. Netflix is not available outside US :( So yes, I pirate a movie or a tv show from time to time.
Music: I have favourite artists that I support by buying their albums. The rest is just noise.
Games: Online play modes are so fun! You must buy a game to enjoy it fully.

Anonymous

223 people have lied on this pole.

Anonymous

Rodney, do you pirate software? If you don't do it nowadays, maybe you pirated software when you were at teens.

Anonymous

better use pirate software...not all people rich..comeon..

hackker who are really kind give use pirate software n many more...

long live hackker..we need you and keeping backup u guys...

really do kind to people who poor like me..

Anonymous

i agree they are like the robin hood of the web

fizzylumi
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i am goin to crack ur hacks ;)

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fizzylumi
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tamper data?

Anonymous

share if you care. why spend so much money on software like Photoshop cs5 when you can get a nice sweet pice of hardware like a kick-ass SSD or a Awesome Graphics card. not to mention Master collection. for that price you can get a awesome motherboard and 4 way sli with GTX 480's (i've go that alredy tho) but point made.

i would buy software if and only if:
1. the software company would lower the prices to (Fair Price)
2. the retarded Taxes would be removed from software. if i pay a company for some software they made i dont wanna be paying the freaking goverment too they have nothing to do with that. im paying enought taxes alredy.

so untill that changes i will KEEP using all the software i can for free and not even feel bad about it. if they be fair i will too.

Anonymous

What about GIMP as a replacement for Photoshop?

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Anonymous

Everything, and tiv you mention blacklist keys, its called remove wat.
Music Ridicilous prices, and prefer 320kbs
Movies: Prices too high
Games, some guys might buy like the cod series, anything else is not worth it imo apart from a few tenner games
Tv shows: I like 720p, and freesat does not have channel 4 in hd yet
Operating system: I like to get them months before they are released on cd

Anonymous

remove wat is not a permanent solution, Ms. can always update wat through windows updates and I doubt most users pay attention to what the update description is.

fizzylumi
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I dont pay for Music and Movies because it's so muths easier to just download it for free :/

I pay for all my games and applications because it's safer and finding a working crack takes to long. Also, the hackers are giving me a hard time cheating in online games, so i often report crack`s/Hacks :)

If The video game industry would give people som rewards for reporting, they would be able to stop most of pirates.

I have one working pirate OS for my old laptop, the rest is good :)

Anonymous

The problem is , i want original software but only pirated one is availaible in pakistan !!

Anonymous

I doubt you can spend $500 on a software.

Tiv
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Why Pirate the operating system? Sooner or later you can't get updates when they blacklist the keys. And if the pirates are smart enough to rip a copy of windows. Then I'm sure they are smart enough to leave backdoors to get that 150$ or more from your bank accounts. The OS is the one software people should not pirate IMHO.

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fizzylumi
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You migth get tru my force field, but i cant get out. My firewall make sure of that.. :)

My OS crack been working for 18 months now.

PS: Bank account data is not possible to crack ( not i my contry ), trust me!

Anonymous

Blocking updates is a bad move for Microsoft. It just helps malware to spread.

massau
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actually that not true you can install anti spyware and so and i scanned it from the beginning nothing found
they just update your bios number(or so the code is just very easy to crack because windows hasn't got a good check ) and let it match what a oem code of companies like dell so it stays working. and if i apart something apart from win7 it are old games like starcraft 1 that you almost don't find in the shop anymore and some games i like to test(fall out 3 and i bought it because it was good) or dlc of a game

Anonymous

... have you heard about "rootkits"? Anyone? Ofc anti-virus programs & stuff won't find such things, because they are injected into system from the get-go, with admin like credentials, so the Windows doesn't even know that the rootkits are there, thus leaving some backdoors open for future hacking.