Originally Posted by Frozen-Liquid
You lose money with the ferrari because it took money to make that single car and every single car, but with software you make it once and download many times no need for manufacturing.
The manufacturing costs are a part of the development costs with both products, but with the software the process of creating the CD/DVD install media and sending out the product to market is usually overlooked.
If you could steal the same car except you'd have to walk down to the manufacturer's factory or to someone's home to pick it up, it wouldn't be stealing? You might need to check your moral compass if that's the case...
Originally Posted by Namrac
I'm not trying to justify piracy or anything, but there IS a difference between a digital good and a physical item like a ferrari. The Ferrari has lots of money worth of materials and labor, the digital media has only the initial cost of development. Ferrari put money into that individual vehicle that is being taken, whatever development company put money into the software, not each copy of the program individually.
Doesn't make it right, does make it different.
Each [LEGAL] copy of the program has the cost of being burnt to an optical media and shipped out to be sold. Or the bandwidth and hosting cost in keeping it online to download as well as allowing the user to download it later in time.
The same can be said with books and movies. The only difference is that the internet has changed the way property exists and too many people of the current generation feel that because it's not a 'physical' product and it's just a copy it's alright to take.
You are right though, it doesn't make it right. It's also different, but then when you can download and 'print' things from your computer the difference will be minimal.