Anyway I digress, back to business "Oi infiniteloop stop nicking software you toerag!" :D
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I had to get that in, it's the world cup!
But really there's no real argument to downloading cracked software, like there is for downloading mp3's. However it is a problem that will always exist. Personally I believe that Native Instruments have one of the best policies towards piracy by seeking to reward those who buy opposed to punishing the ones who don't.
A great thing for illegal mp3's and software is that the ease of obtainment (physical and monetary) leads to excitement being lost.
I'm a big of Tool (forgive me father for my sins) and saw the most recent lp leaked for months before the official release.
Such a temptation must be resisted, as the experience of rushing to the shops, buying the lp, taking it out of the package, and listening to it is a great little pleasure of life, and the same with buying software as well. Select purchases are always more pleasurable than a vast multitude of purchases (this is applicable to most things, apart from beer)
However it being the 21st century and all if anything the companies could seek to gain on a negative, Nailbunny's point is perfect (to the extent he implied!)
Nailbunny wrote:for every 10 people that have a cracked version 1 person has bought a copy. This is just viral marketing really and could be good for the company.
We live in times where the internet is used often in unconvential ways, that before their recognition the validity for a means of marketing were doubted until their success. The Blair Witch Project coems to mind instantly.
Could cracked software be a viable means for communication? Only sales can really tell, but telling the impact of marketing upon them, inclusive of cracked software or not, is a very tricky issue, it's just the inherrent vague nature of marketing.
So ultimately it goes down to the customer to recognise the company for their merits. We live in capitalist society where financial indication are the most relevant. Without a purchase then the companies will not know if anyone is buying their product. If no one is buying your product then why should they make it? Show some loyalty, buy the CD and buy the software, and most of all support the industry, whether it is the CD's, the gigs, the software, hardware manufacturers etc. If you take away one aspect, just one, then it could f**k things up, and presuming we all love music (as why else would be here?) would we ever want that to happen?