February 5, 2004
Okay, let's get something straight.
Regardless of your opinions on copyright.
Regardless of your opinions on charging for software.
This is really simple. If there is a software package, and the people creating/distributing it are charging for it, and you have said software, and you didn't pay for it, or the people creating/distributing it didn't otherwise give it to you, then it's simple.
You're a thief.
There's no other term for it. You're not “sticking it to the man.” You're committing a crime. You're not striking a blow for freedom, or open software. You're a petty criminal, and you are no better than the schmoo holding up a 7-11.
When I read things like this, or listen to Peter Cohen's interview with game developers, and they talk about the rampant theft, it makes me sick. Regardless of platform, stealing is wrong.
Can't afford it? Too damned bad, don't play. I can't afford a Mini Cooper, so I don't have one.
Weren't going to buy it anyway, so you're not really stealing? BZZZT! You're a thief. If you weren't going to buy it, don't play it. If you like it enough to play for hours, then you like it enough to pay. This is not only a lame excuse, it's stupid too.
(In the case of Halo)..Sticking it to Microsoft for buying Bungie and keeping you from playing Halo when you wanted? Wah. Life sucks. You're still stealing, you're still a petty thief.
Price too high? Too bad, so sad, don't play it then. Still a thief.
This isn't a hard equation. You want the software, the software costs X, you pay X, or do without. Otherwise you're a thief. In a fair world, the software vendors would be able to kick you in the ass. Once for every dollar of the cost. That's one kick from every member of the company.
Bet no one would ever steal from Microsoft again. That's a lot of ass-kicking. (And i know some of the Microsoft folks. Some of them are *big*. Although I think Andrew Welch of Ambrosia Software's the winner here. I'd pay money to see Andrew delivering a hard foot to the ass of some lamer pirate. I'd film it. I'd freakin' set it to MUSIC. Making damned sure that Andrew got a cut. Like I said, he's BIG.)
Getting all pissed at anti-piracy measures? Here's an idea.
STOP STEALING SOFTWARE.
That would do much towards the elimination of anti-piracy measures.| Comments ()