Well do ya? What does it take to make you get that legitimate license?
I’ve bought Ableton, Reason and Sublime Text after pirating them, since I wound up using them quite often (student discount helped too). I can’t bring myself to pay for Photoshop with their shitty cloud subscription service… even though I use it all the time.
I’ve never used an illegitimate version of Windows, that seems a little too close to everything I do. I realise that your reasons could include multiple poll choices… pick one that speaks to you I guess?
Here’s the opinion of few friends regarding this question
- I can’t remember the last time I paid for software. I only use open source software and sometimes freely available proprietary apps. I would also never pirate software because I could not trust the origin. With music its ok because it should not be able to run any arbitrary code.
- If I find myself using it enough I buy it. I’ve purchased Synergy 1 and 2 – didn’t like 2 so went back to 1. Don’t regret buying it though I use it constantly and it’s very reasonably priced. Also purchased DisplayFusion, my AV software and that’s about it for programs. Games I always purchase legally. Don’t actually like using pirated programs.
- I like to support devs if they make something I find useful so I will buy things I use often and/or make money from. I bought 2 licenses of Windows 10 Pro because the first one I installed on a virtual machine, then wiped the drive which apparently made the license unrecoverable. I don’t feel good about Micro$oft’s terrible licensing limitations but dealing with a cracked OS is just too shady and Windows is already shady enough.
- I refuse to buy into Adobe’s subscription plan, as I can’t justify the cost for how little I actually use their software. I still want to make the occasional dumb photoshop though, so I pirate it. I just don’t agree with the idea of paying a monthly subscription for software that’s locked by remote DRM when there’s no real reason for it to require a remote service at all. Everything else is either free (and/or open source) or I’ve paid for a license. I used to pirate a lot of software, but these days I can afford to pay for it, so I do. In addition to the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting the work of the developers who build the software I use on a daily basis, I feel more at ease not needing to decide whether I trust a crack enough to run it on my machine. There are a lot of random P2P release groups out there these days – a lot of unfamiliar names I don’t recognize – and it’s one less thing for me to worry about.
- When I was in high-school and college, I pirated a lot of software. Now, I’m perfectly content paying for it (Windows, bundled games) and using open-source or free software. The only stuff I would consider pirated is ROMs for older games in emulators because it’s too convenient to find and run in one place.
What’s your opinion on Buy the Software or Pirate?