Last edited by harrisonaard1; 09 Jan 2013 at 18:23. Reason: adding material
I'd like to know the total amount of software that has been pirated over the decades. It must be in the billions. I'm in a building business when sometimes I design and draw projects. I can't count with all my digits of how many illegal copies of just AutoCad, let alone other programs on machines I've seen through the years of either someone I know or machines I've fixed.
I think this is one of the reasons MS has introduced the Modern app via the new UI. I noticed that when installing EE from RP that MS kept track of all the apps I had installed on RP whether bought or free. I was then able to install in EE. This will greatly aid to the decline of piracy. I think all software will eventually be written in the Modern interface only to be purchased via the MS Store. This way they keep track of what's installed on one's computer. I think 3rd party software companies will enjoy this as well. Hard working and honest people will gain the money due them by this system of sale.
Some might see this as policing. It surely is. As long as one purchases software legally then one is doing no wrong. Besides that, one does not need to keep copies of software on hand. One just downloads it to reinstall via the MS Store.
Do you really think that will stop pirating?
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The hilarious thing about it is that many of these businesses I worked with where there was pirated software had expensive equipment they needed to do their business but when it came to paying for the software all-of-a-sudden they couldn't "afford it". Somehow software tools, because they're not physical items, are considered "vapor" or "freebie" items. The really silly thing is that they couldn't run their business without it (like AutoCAD) any more than they could run it without the lathe in the back of the shop. Hypocritical.
However ... things are changing. We shall see how it goes.
I gave up on piracy years ago when working for a commercial software company. Been employed in the software industry since 1997. Thankfully lots of Open Source software made piracy far less appealing. If a free alternative is not available that does what I need, I purchase the one that will.
I even pay for my digital music these days. It's simply not worth the effort of scouring for the tunes, getting the right ones, making sure they are volume consistent, making sure they aren't edited or have the endings cut off...when I can purchase the entire MP3 album for like $5 from Amazon.
While I do not like paying for software, I will (and do) if I have to.
But often, a freeware, trial version, or shareware product is available to do the job.
I consider this to be a better option than piracy, because it's legal, and makes piracy unnecessary.
There are quite a few very good freeware progs out there.
I do not pirate. It's unnecessary.
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Thanks for the article leads.
Of course we will never be able to stop piracy 100%, but we can get it to a minimum as far as possible. As long as there are dishonest writers and pirates that download to install or whatever means there will always remain piracy.
If we think about it, we pay for pirating by paying a higher price for legitimate software. Companies have to make profit. Too many thieves and people with there hand out in this world looking for a free ride. It's getting worse by the year. I, for one, am getting sick and tired of it. Something has to change and change soon.
I never claimed to be perfect, but if you think this is another one of my moral rants -> it is. Someone has to speak out and hold people to higher standards. The generation that won the war against the Axis powers and raised me did. I'm simply carrying on the family tradition.
@ Max Peck
I may be wrong, but it may be that all software will eventually be written in the Modern interface. It may take some time, but I think it will. I'm not that savvy to know if that's possible. Perhaps someone smarter than me can answer that.
Bottom line -> I don't give a hoot if MS knows what programs are installed on my machine just as long as they don't know what files I create with them. That's private. If I have legitimate software then there's no harm. We have to remember that we don't own the software, we purchase the right to use it. I wouldn't blame MS or any other software companies if they went this route.