Before I buy any software I always get a 'demo' version and then try it out first, see if I like it or not. I used to have cracked copies of sx and xp. my pc was continuously crashing until I bought real versions and never had a problem since. saying that some people don't run into any problems.
Guess it all depends, much like music. I dont feel at all guilty about downloading microsoft products (it not like bill needs the money) but you should support the small specialist devlopers - just like the MP3 thing really. Think before you copy.
The difference is that car is an actual tangible object that you would be taking away from someone else. As long as someone isn't releasing any tracks or making any money, using pirated software doesn't really harm anyone.
My personal opinion is that it is fine, but once you release something it is your obligation to buy whatever software you used.
</div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (SketchySteve @ Jan 18 2004, 03:17 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> Guess it all depends, much like music. I dont feel at all guilty about downloading microsoft products (it not like bill needs the money) but you should support the small specialist devlopers - just like the MP3 thing really. Think before you copy. [/quote:e950725550]
Of course, the sad thing is that a legit copy (or at least a copy of a legitimate build) of Windows is absolutely vital if you're going to have any kind of stability whatsoever. :no:
Of course, truth is that big-name music software is almost always underwritten and paid for by pro studios and full-time audio mungers - not a bunch of bedroom enthusiasts seeing how good they are at writing a bit of psy-trance.
Having said that, when it comes to the situation wrt small-fry developers, I have paid for most of the plugins that I use regularly, and try to use free plugins where I haven't coughed up. Yet again though, it's only through playing around with the cracked versions that I knew which were good and which were crap, so it's a bit swings-and-roundabouts.