Originally Posted by gex81
How did this person verify that they actually went out and bought what they pirated? I mean I've pirated many songs but looking at my zune account. All of the ones I pirated I did not repurchase on zune. I just kept those and bought other ones.
Or like with games. I have over 100 games between PC, xbox 360 and ps3 and have been buying and playing games since I was 3ish now 22 (parents bought for me till I got a job at 16) So I've easily contributed more than the average American salary in just games alone. But I've pirated Age of empires 3 for months until MS had a sale for 10 cents for the game and all of its expansions via download. 10 cents isn't even enough to get someone to walk out the door of their house let alone make a game.
Then a great game like sins of a solar empire I've pirated and enjoy and still have the iso but yet I haven't lifted to a finger to go buy it. Why? For what I already have it. In the short run I have no incentive to buy what I have for free (I'm one of those people who can play against the computer and be content. In the long run the dev does not make money to put toward a new game. But I'm not worried about the future. I'm worried about now.
You Sir is someone I despise but I admire your frankness, it is true that some people pirate before they buy but that is an exremely small minority, the average joe will never buy what he just downloaded for free.
Now I completely understand that the biggest movie or music pirates also are some of the biggest buyers, they love their hobby so they spend a lot on it, but most of their collection is illegally obtained, and no amount you spend on other movies/song justify that you steal from another artist/studio/actors , just because you spent a lot on others.
Although in Canada it is legal to download "pirated" software as long as its for personal use, and not for resale.
I'm not Canadian but that seems very unlikely to me.Edited by Telimektar - 7/27/11 at 10:14pm