Originally Posted by crbaldwin
This sounds just like the excuse people give for pirating movies. If you think they are charging too much for something it doesn't give you the right to steal it. There is always Linux which won't cost you anything.
If you read my post you'd understand that pirated software is sometimes a necessity to overcome the obstacles that Microsoft likes to place in the path of honest consumers. I used pirated copies of Win 7 because MS refused to reactivate software I legally paid for, so how is that stealing? FYI, anyone can download Win 7 from the Microsoft website for free (or at least you could prior to the release of Win 8). You only pay for the activation key. If MS refuses to acknowledge the keys I paid for then they don't leave me much of an alternative.
As for movies, I belong to Netflix and rent DVDs and Blu-Rays. I rip every one to MKVs and place them on my server so I can watch them when I have the time. After viewing, I delete them. I paid to rent the video and watch it once, which is exactly what I do. I just don't do it with the disc still in my immediate possession. Technically this is illegal, but I seriously doubt that the FBI is going to be knocking on my door for pirating movies since I do not distribute them or share them in any way. I'm basically timeshifting the movies I rent, just like I do with TV shows. The irony is that I will never have time to watch all the movies I've rented so I basically paid the price of admission, but never went into the theater.
I would never download pirated movies for the simple fact that they are highly compressed and lack the HD audio soundtracks, not to mention that it is blatant theft. I don't mind paying for a product if it's reasonably priced. I rarely go to the theaters anymore because the cost for tickets and concessions are outrageous. Same goes for professional sports. I can see the game better on TV for free and don't have to pay 8 bucks for a beer. I'd rather buy a movie on Blu-Ray if it's something I'd like to keep, plus it's cheaper than going to the movies. There are very few movies I'd actually watch more than once, which is why I rent just about everything.