It's impossible for you people in the US to understand what I am talking about and then presume that my statement lacks proper grounds, cause you can't get easy access to pirated software without the fear of getting prosecuted by the FBI or whoever is in charge.
Or maybe some of us just have ethics.
The "everybody else does it" defense never worked with my mom, either.
I challenge anone on this forum to the side by side comparison! Pirated software is a HUGE business,
Sometimes the only way to tell if you're buying pirated software is the price
(The ethics of the pirated software dealer? Hahaha)
Yes, I am very interested in helping you reallocate those funds. I find your offer to be more than reasonable.
Please let me know where to send my bank account and employment information.
I look forward to doing business together!
Legitimate software is sold online, too.
If they have the 'puter, they probably have 'net access.
Rationalization does not negate truth.
I love u Mattt
That's different from playing a pirated copy of a $50 from an independent developer who's $50 short of his personal rent check this month.
I also don't like supporting professional pirates, even if it's just a couple bucks per copy. That adds up quickly.
I am not yet there but the situation in the music industry is approaching a state where I think buying CDs or legal downloads actively hurts the musicians I like. If you care about the musicians buy their merchandise (as directly from them as you can) and see the show. Oh wouldn't it be great if places to have small shows would be more available around here. **** this ****.
If you're that poor, how did you get a computer?
Don't assume my standard of living past or present. No, I have not been as poor as the refugees in the Sudan. I suggest none in the forum have. This does not mean that I always knew the source of my next meal.
Moral relativism is a farce. It's only relative if it meets the standards of the relativist. It is a very disingenuous philosophy. Otherwise you would have to accept that my beliefs are valid because they work for ME.
Truth is not relative.
Last edited by LesStrat; 04-14-2012 at 01:43 PM.
My current salary is likely far less than you imagine, and it's about to be cut by $5k. This does not mean that I've always lived at my current standard, either. It does not account for the fact that it was only about 5 years ago that I finally was able to pay off student loans.
Hence the failure of moral relativism.
I've said it before & I'll say it again.
A lot of ppl on this forum need to get out & travel the world.
I'm not talking about a cruise or 2 weeks in Negril but; really living like a local in third world places
Last edited by stratobastard; 04-14-2012 at 03:44 PM.
This is a terrible argument. The value of the product has nothing whatsoever to do with the financial situation of the backer. I'm sure you're one of the ones who thinks that oil companies should be taxed higher because they're making more money than other companies. Guess what? They have a product everyone wants. If a guy writes an ASCII version of Tetris and sells it for $50 because he can't pay his rent, you would say he's bad at his job. And even if you did feel sorry for him, you would just give him the $50, because the product blows. There's no connection between the two.That's different from playing a pirated copy of a $50 from an independent developer who's $50 short of his personal rent check this month.
What are you talking about? So someone pays for a merchant's wares, and it hurts the merchants? This doesn't even come close to making sense.I am not yet there but the situation in the music industry is approaching a state where I think buying CDs or legal downloads actively hurts the musicians I like.
There's a big difference--and sosomething made the point better than I'm going to--between taking an item that's necessary for life and stealing what anyone in the situation you're describing would call a luxury. The little child in Africa or Honduras or Afghanistan isn't worried about where he's going to get Windows Updates if he can't eat. It's a luxury, and there's no justification for stealing it.
On the other hand, I take enormous issue with Microsoft publishing ridiculous numbers of lost revenue. They assume that each illegal copy of Windows is worth the full price. It certainly is not, because if the pirate ONLY had the option to buy a legitimate copy or not use Windows, at least some of them would use something else or nothing at all. Their lies about the situation are bad, and probably morally as inexcusable as the piracy about which they're concerned.