Originally Posted by dankoni
Ok. Heated topic. I will try to convey a few points here.
The whole "I wouldn't have bought the game anyway" argument is partly valid. It by no means justifies piracy, but it does put the "money lost" issue in perspective. These companies are not actually losing nearly as much money as they claim due to piracy, since at least 75% of those pirates wouldn't have bought the game if a pirated copy weren't available. It doesn't make it right, but the figures are WAY off.
As for comparing piracy to eating in a restaurant, they are FAR from the same. People always want to compare piracy to other industries involving TANGIBLE goods. Pirating a game is NOT the same as stealing, say... a candy bar. When you steal something tangible, you are lowering the inventory of that item. Money must be spent to replace that item. When you pirate a game, you are stealing code... Something that can be sold millions of times over without changing the physical inventory (because there is none). It's like having sex with a prostitute and not paying for it. Sure, she's out some deserved money, but there is nothing to replace after the theft. It's not easy to make people feel as though they are actually stealing when they never physically took a tangible object from someone.
Now taking pirated software and selling it for a profit (I'm looking at you, China), THAT is a different story IMO.
Is piracy wrong? Yes. Is it hurting the industry? Undoubtedly. Are the figures wrong and being blown WAY out of proportion? You bet. Is software piracy the same thing as stealing tangible goods? Not by a long shot! Sorry for this last paragraph. It must be the political season making me communicate this way.
Property does not have to be tangible. Stealing is stealing, no matter how you justify it. By that logic, you could take an authors novel and sell it as your own. (the book is tangible, the story is not) or, how about a song? an idea? Since when does something of value need to be tangible?
I honestly can't believe some of the arguments here. Some of you really need to wake up. If you want to pirate or steal or whatever, thats fine, but be honest with yourself. Don't try to paint is as though you are justified in your actions. If you can't afford it, don't buy it. If you don't know if you will like it, don't buy it. Its called taking a chance and it happens all the time. I have a rack of games I bought and have been unhappy with. I DO NOT get all high and mighty and blame the company that made it or sold it. I DO NOT regret paying money for it. I choose to take the chance.