Originally Posted by di inferi
You didn't answer the question.
You are justifying using a code, which you know should have only been used once, but you used it multiple times, against the consent of the publisher and the developer, because you were either told of the exploit or figured it out on your own.
I really can't believe how many people are trying to justify this. It's sad. If you can't afford it then you don't automatically have the "right" to steal it.
Good luck in life. Hope you don't end up at a job interview with me.
Actually my friend, good luck to you in life. You fail at the very basic tenant of nature that is the key to our survival as individual beings: adaptation.
I am tired of seeing ignorant comments like this on forums by the moral task force who feel obligated to be the modern day Jonathan Edwards and criticize people for being immoral, so here is my rant.
We don't live in a society where a handshake and one's word is all you need to trust the other party. As such, I have absolutely zero ethical qualms about gaining from the misfortune of a party that is ethically corrupt in of itself. To me, ethics is being the best at what you do for the sake of what you do, without the practice of ulterior motives. There is a reason why physicians are held up to this standard, why not others? Can we really say EA is making/publishing games to fulfill their ethical obligation without their ulterior motives dominating?
Absolutely not. However, this is the accepted norm in our society and as such EA is freed from any ethical violations by the commonly stated notion that "they are a corporation and their goal is to make money, LOLZ YOU ARE DUMB IF YOU DON'T KNOW THAT LOLLERSKATES."
Yeah, so are pharmaceutical companies, they too are a corporation. Do you know how many defects in drugs or medical devices that they produce are known to be defective for years within internal documents, yet the products are sold to maximize profit? Here are just a few examples, look up DePuy ASR Hip, Medtronic Defibrillator (this one is my "favorite," defective defibrillators that fail to work during resuscitation due to a known defect when this is the defibrillator is the only thing that could save the patient's life at that very moment), Kugel Hernia Mesh, etc, etc.
I have plenty more examples and would be happy to provide them. Yes, these were all eventually recalled, but years after the defect was found in the corporation's internal documents and unveiled by the FDA. In some cases, the defects would be known before releasing them for public use.
Oh, but who cares that thousands of patients whose lives depend on these manufactured goods die every year? They are a corporation, right? Their only goal is to make money.
The Forbes article puts it really well in my opinion. People are willing to donate millions of dollars to indie developers and wholeheartedly support them (same with indie musicians), yet they have no ethical qualms with stealing from industry. Have you ever asked yourself why? Since your moral development has obviously not progressed past the conventional interpersonal conformity stage, I'll answer this question for you. It is because corporations have no ethical qualms about stealing from individuals like you or me, sometimes in terms of money, sometimes lives.