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57% of people admit to illegally downloading software. Do you think its ok to snag software?

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Have you ever downloaded software
illegally online, or installed software on more than one computer when
you didn't have the right to? If so, you're not alone: over half of
people with computers admit to pirating software.


According to the annual BSA
Global Software Piracy Study, 57% of computer users were willing to
admit that they pirate software. All told, that adds up to an estimated
$63.4 billion worth of software, though there's no way to tell how much of that hurts software makers' bottom line.


Males pirate more than women, and
more pirates — 68% — come from "emerging markets" (read: those who
can't afford to buy software) than from "mature" markets that account
for 24% of the total. The problem is at its worst in China, where the piracy rate is 77%. The study also found that businesses pirate more software than private users.

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  • Curmudgeon 2012/05/15 23:44:04
    Yes, it is ok to snag software
    Curmudgeon
    +5
    Where is the harm in doing that as there are times when I'm simply not interested in spending hundreds of dollars on a program that will simply expire whereby I will have to spend another amount to renew it.

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  • NoName 2012/06/15 15:12:52
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/05/19 07:12:15
    Yes, it is ok to snag software
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    If the companies charged a fair price I would have some sympathy for them. Many software companies sell licensed versions for 10 cents on the dollar in countries that have lots of pirating. I have to assume it is sold for a modest profit. In countries that have tight anti pirating enforcement the software is outrageous. For example, Microsoft sells a licensed version of Windows 7 pro, blah blah for $19. Also they sell Office in the US for $19 if you get it through your company. They are the rip off artists, too bad if they get their own medicine. Same goes for Adobe and others. They make the rules,
  • NoName Pedro D... 2012/06/15 15:17:27
  • Pedro D... NoName 2012/06/15 15:23:48
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    I want some of that free stuff.
  • Michael 2012/05/19 05:22:07
    Yes, it is ok to snag software
    Michael
    if you do so for youre own purpose.not resale.likepossession of marijuna was ha ha.
  • Ameera 2012/05/17 06:53:32
    Yes, it is ok to snag software
    Ameera
    its too expensive
  • boyd868b 2012/05/17 03:23:50
    Yes, it is ok to snag software
    boyd868b
    sure it's ok they fat cat companies that rip us off any way. NO,NO WAY IS IT OK THEY WORKED HARD TO MAKE IT AND SHOULD BE PAID FOR IT.just couldn't keep myself from making a ows remark
  • Evan 2012/05/16 15:27:34
    No it is not OK.
    Evan
    One should do the right thing, just because it is the right thing. Breaking the law will only get people in trouble, and stealing is against the law. (At least it was in the America I knew.) IMHO, if nobody sees you do it, or knows you're doing it, it is still illegal.
  • NoName Evan 2012/06/15 15:18:47
    NoName
    "nd stealing is against the law. (At least it was in the America I knew.) "

    I do get your point, but legally, it isn't stealing or theft of any sort, but a totally different crime.
  • wolfcall 2012/05/16 15:04:56
    No it is not OK.
    wolfcall
    well it really is not ok but i used to download from lime wire but its not my falt the illegal site was there
  • Radical Ed 2012/05/16 14:08:18
    Yes, it is ok to snag software
    Radical Ed
    +1
    let's put it this way: everyone would do it if they knew it didn't have any possible negative repercussions to themselves, I'm just being honest.
  • Freeranger 2012/05/16 13:29:22
    No it is not OK.
    Freeranger
    There shouldn't be a problem if you follow the law.
  • NoName Freeranger 2012/06/15 15:20:53
    NoName
    IMO, it is more complicated than that.
  • Freeranger NoName 2012/06/15 17:20:26
    Freeranger
    As you said, it's your opinion. Your opinion is your own. It is not mine.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/05/16 12:32:43
    No it is not OK.
    HarleyCharley
    some one has to pay for the development....
  • tredzwater 2012/05/16 11:02:32
    No it is not OK.
    tredzwater
    I don't like doing those things I would hate to have done to me. Pirating is stealing and I wouldn't like someone stealing from me.
  • strange_armour 2012/05/16 09:44:10 (edited)
    Yes, it is ok to snag software
    strange_armour
    +2
    .....if you call it "format shifting" :)

    format shifting
  • Mike 2012/05/16 07:44:14
    Yes, it is ok to snag software
    Mike
    The charge for legal downloads is sky high.
  • Mark Mercer 2012/05/16 06:53:32
    No it is not OK.
    Mark Mercer
    I haven't had a need to, or the 'desire'...Neither do I have a dog in that fight. Not my place to 'Judge' others.
  • krishan chandra 2012/05/16 06:03:05
    No it is not OK.
    krishan chandra
    No! It's theft and there is nothing any honest person can say that justifies this acativity .
  • sjalan 2012/05/16 05:27:14
    No it is not OK.
    sjalan
    I have fully registered software in all of my computers.

    What most people don't know is most software firms will sell you a multiple computer license for about a 1/3 the cost of buying one for each computer.
  • Andy Fletcher 2012/05/16 05:22:52
    No it is not OK.
    Andy Fletcher
    No! It's theft and there is nothing any honest person can say that justifies it.
  • Eliot Loney 2012/05/16 05:05:32
    Yes, it is ok to snag software
    Eliot Loney
    I always like to try software before I buy it or delete it.
  • JohnT 2012/05/16 04:41:29
    No it is not OK.
    JohnT
    +1
    No reason to take someone else's hard work, plenty of free software on the net. I also subscribe to Giveaway of the day which offers free software daily.
    http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/
  • Vinny 2012/05/16 04:08:19
    No it is not OK.
    Vinny
    +1
    and I don't intent to download stuff!!
  • Squeaken458 2012/05/16 03:02:41
    No it is not OK.
    Squeaken458
    +2
    Stealing is stealing no matter how you want to put a pretty wrapper around it. It's Wrong!! I have friends in the music business and they make their money by selling their Cd's from their suitcases or other means for which they can keep track of their music sales.
    Musicians of the past made record deals and their music was pirated 24/7/365 days a year after that. There is no real stopping of piracy. If a thief is going to steal it they will find a way. Software piracy is just as wrong. The person puts all their programming knowledge and time on a disk to make a buck to feed his family. He/She is living the
    American dream. Then along comes Jolly Rodger and takes a piece of it. Then there are the hackers who just want to plant their flag in your programs and cause havoc. Sometimes they do nothing. Then sometimes they destroy all your info or steal it for whatever purposes, ID theft, Stealing from your bank account. You know the fun stuff. Anyways you then have to go out and buy another copy of your OS and hope you can retrieve your music and pictures. Some hackers are good enough to hack into your system and change your motherboard speeds so it cooks your CPU and destroys your hardware. More money spent on your PC for which you don't have.
    Oh great! I'm ranting, Somebody stop me, Please! Stealing is stealing, Don't do it!
  • AnoSayWa 2012/05/16 02:51:40
    Yes, it is ok to snag software
    AnoSayWa
    Public domain. If you gave us the option to pay for it, we'd be less angry.
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/05/16 02:43:54
    No it is not OK.
    Elaine Magliacane
    +2
    I've been in the computer business since the 1970s... and I have NEVER snagged software illegally, I have used 'shareware' and 'freeware' ... but that's not what you're talking about.
  • Sonny 2012/05/16 02:19:47
  • Elaine ... Sonny 2012/05/16 02:45:32
    Elaine Magliacane
    +1
    THEY EARNED the money, writing something you have no CLUE how to do... send me all your money you tight wad you.
  • Sonny Elaine ... 2012/05/16 02:57:28
    Sonny
    in deed I am Maam....hahahahahahahahahahah! I'm also a hippy and a Junky too.
  • Azrael-In GOD we trust 2012/05/16 02:14:48
    No it is not OK.
    Azrael-In GOD we trust
    +1
    I don't believe that's the right thing to do. It's just wrong.
  • Elaine ... Azrael-... 2012/05/16 02:46:11
    Elaine Magliacane
    +2
    Exactly, THOU SHALT NOT STEAL... isn't a suggestion folks.
  • Azrael-... Elaine ... 2012/05/16 03:35:54
    Azrael-In GOD we trust
    +1
    I agree.
  • Flyingbug 2012/05/16 01:49:47
    No it is not OK.
    Flyingbug
    +1
    Only time it's all right is when it's freeware (and I don't know if there's much freeware around).
  • angie45 2012/05/16 01:26:30
    No it is not OK.
    angie45
    +1
    And its not a good thing
  • Bibliophilic 2012/05/16 01:09:28
    No it is not OK.
    Bibliophilic
    +2
    Happy virus hunting.

    Yes, there are also mac viruses- the apple store will lie to you in order to sell you a mac.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/05/16 01:04:53
    No it is not OK.
    Christopher Kirchen
    +2
    No, it isn't; a lot of people say it's ok because the artists make so much money but that's just stupid. I hope someday something they take pride in and that gives them a lot of money gets stolen.
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/05/16 00:56:47
    No it is not OK.
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +3
    I owned boxed software for every program I have installed. Someone worked hard to create it, so it's only fair that I pay my share of the freight.

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