Originally Posted by DJZeratul
If there were NO ways to pirate software, like, if TPM actually took hold and did what the manufacturers claim they are going to make it do, you would notice these people that were "too cheap" to buy software suddenly had "Photoshop CS4 Funds" in the works. People have no problem saving for stuff they cant afford at the current time. I am saving for a car. I cant buy it right now, because I am too poor. But come November, I should have enough for a down payment.
Lets take a look at the car scenario from the position of someone with no morals or ethics. For instance, someone who has no qualms about stealing, whether it be software, music, games, hardware, retail items from a store, or grand theft auto. Stealing software isnt hard. You can get a program to do so and in about 10 minutes you can have the latest copy of a 600 dollar software application. Some applications are harder to steal. Some you have to apply certain "workarounds" to circumvent (copy protection, CD required [starforce, safedisc, et al], RSA hardware key linked to MAC address, etc). Stealing a car is also not hard, although it has become harder on newer models. Some of them you have to use certain "workarounds" to get them to even run properly (immobilizer chip, car alarm with ignition cutoff, etc). Yet somehow, Piracy runs rampant and grand theft auto somehow is not as prevalent, or people get caught a lot more of the time. Why is this? Because the government has made it virtually impossible to steal, and keep, a car that has been stolen. National databases of stolen cars, VIN numbers printed and stamped on all major components, DMV databases of car registration with VIN number and current owner, pink slips... the list goes on. It is virtually impossible to steal a car and keep it for yourself anymore. Most stolen cars are parted out and sold as parts, with the VIN numbers removed, or sold down in Mexico where it isn't policed.
If you dont know where I am going with this, its this. When the government made it harder to steal cars, the amount of stolen cars on the road went way down. And it didnt become an option for some people, regardless of their moral codes. They thought to themselves "I would like a car. I like this one. I could easily take it. But wait... If a police officer pulls me over, and runs my plates, they will see that this car is stolen. I cant get new plates without registering the car, and they would need a valid VIN and pink slip. This just isn't going to work without a LOT of time and effort and some connections on the inside. I suppose I will just save up my money and get a car like this one later! It will be easier that way!"