How do you think to use pirate software?

@freerr (667)
China
March 26, 2009 3:17am CST
There are many softwares in the world, some are free for using and some need to be pay fee. People come from different countries have different attitude to use pirate software. I am a software engineer working on a foreign company, company don't let us to use pirate software and provide many common used authorized softwares for us. But still have some good software not the licence, so some people will go to find the cracked version to use, but of course this is fast-fingered . I am a software engineer, i know the difficult process to develope a good software, so I think using pirate software will hurt the developer and corporation serious. But sometimes I still use it because no so many money. Now, I transfer my os to linux and most of the software in linux is free, so this problem will not a big problem. How about you? How do you think to use pirate software?
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17 responses
@kumarpslv (3217)
• India
26 Mar 09
Though it is not a good practice to use the pirated software, the cost of such software make to use the pirated and illegal one. If we take some of the anti virus software, they are offering the trial version of their product for at least one month to 3 months.On the other hand, if we wish to buy that one,it will cost between 40-75 USD, for the period of just one year. Here two con traversals are there.First they are offering 1 moths trial version .Second one is the license is for one hear only.We can create multiple accounts with many email ids, to use the software for one year.For the whole year, it will take a time of just 3-4 hours, to finish all of the formalities, such are creating accounts,downloading the software and installing it.Then why should we spend that much for one year? If it is minimum of 5 years, then most of the users will buy.Of course trial versions come with lesser features, but they fulfill the main purpose.Many of the people who are well versed with computers are ready to even reinstall the OS,for the use of free software, as some software not get installed after the license expiry. If they.either reduce the price or extend the license period, they can expect a huge sale in software.They should expect to get back the invested amount only from few users,who genuinely want to use the original software.Otherwise they should stop the trial versions or limit the period of trial versions.
@freerr (667)
• China
26 Mar 09
Sometimes ago, I reinstall a windows xp in my wife's laptop, microsoft provide some trial version of anti virus software for using after finish it. I choose it by trial period finally. Certainly, the cost is so expensive so that we can't support it. I agree with you said very much, and I want to add a item. Not all countries have the same developing level in the world, maybe in the developed country, 40-75 USD is not very much but for many developing countries even the third world countries, 40-75 USD is all life cost of a month or more. So, I think all software corporation should know about this, and give different price for different country. In china, a windows operating system cost 2000 - 10000 RMB, this is the price of a notebook, so expensive. I also will use pirate windows if company don't give a licence. thank you and best wishes.
@kumarpslv (3217)
• India
26 Mar 09
Could you please tell me the cost of OS in USD and it seems too high and that's why we are forced to use the pirated versions of the software.As you told, if it costs like a laptop,who will ready to buy?
@freerr (667)
• China
26 Mar 09
In microsoft website, the cost of the vista is from $100 -- $320, not so expensive like before. But I think this is for personal user, for company I don't know how to sell and what is the cost.
• China
26 Mar 09
Well, if the software is too expensive to buy, I will choose to use the pirate one. I do know there will be many problems to use pirate software. But comparing to the expensive price, nothing can stop it. So if the government want to fully stop the pirate software, they should try to find ways to reduce the prices of the software. I know many people use these kind of software. They can use it just like the genuine one. There is nothing can push them to stop using the pirate because they just love to.
@freerr (667)
• China
26 Mar 09
You still consider the expensive price is most important reason.
@freerr (667)
• China
26 Mar 09
I also agree with you ,thank you.
@nitin_hec (1098)
• India
27 Mar 09
Hey I am not going to use original software like window XP which cost more than 400$ if my hardware cost me less than that. I think reason for being popularity of Windows is due to all these pirated ones.
@freerr (667)
• China
28 Mar 09
Actually, thank you for your response.
@nocovi (517)
• China
27 Mar 09
I think it is not right to use pirate software,if you wanna use free software,I think there are tens and thousands of it..most open-source software such as linux are free..
@freerr (667)
• China
28 Mar 09
yes, almost all the software have the replaceable free software in linux.
@eselmaro (208)
• Philippines
27 Mar 09
I would be a liar if I say no. I was only a beginner back then and know nothing about the disadvantages of using it. I got my first computer when I was in second year college, that was year 2002 I guess. I need to be updated with the different softwares thus, I need buy for it. My friends told me that it will cost a lot to avail for the copy and the only option is buying a pirated cd or find for a free download. But people change and I changed. Thank you.
@freerr (667)
• China
27 Mar 09
Thank you for your response.
@sinokirin (902)
• China
27 Mar 09
Pirate software,yeah,i are using! ^_^ is it about law?i think authorized softwares are so expensive and i havent enough money to afford them. Downloading from Internet is normal to me,and then try to seek the key of the authorized softwares. Linux is free system,but many softwares are still not compatible with it,so,i give up.Windows is my only choice,unless there are big changing.
@freerr (667)
• China
27 Mar 09
Linux is developing very quick. And now, you can find a equal software for almost most of software in windows. But another things is very bad for linux, many payment system of bank in china just sustain IE exploer and there are some mistakes when use it in firefox. So, I must exchange to windows xp when I use it.
@kevdiesel (129)
• Kenya
27 Mar 09
Pirate software makes things easy. I think but its really tellin on the programmer,...
@freerr (667)
• China
27 Mar 09
thank you for your response
@wolfaaron (179)
• United States
26 Mar 09
I use it if the software is too expensive, and I need to use it badly, otherwise if its cheap, I buy it
@freerr (667)
• China
27 Mar 09
Hign price is the biggest block actually.
@Jingpols (64)
• Philippines
26 Mar 09
I am happy with my licensed Vista Business now, after using the unlicensed for 4 years. I am also using free avg8 as my anti virus... and a licensed Office 2007 from Home use.
@freerr (667)
• China
27 Mar 09
I think as long as we can get a licensed software whitout very expensive cost, we will choose genuine one.
• Malaysia
26 Mar 09
Hard to say and Difficult to answer your question,what i understanding in the world there are 2 group of people,(RICH PEOPLE AND POOR PEOPLE),so the pirate software can helping POOR PEOPLE,POOR PEOPLE also got chance to use software like windows xp,vista,so they can learn use computer without used more money to get original software and hardware.For me it's good coz mostly all people can still use the important software to learn,teach and generate a idea with computer for everyone.For RICH PEOPLE anytime they can buy the authorized software for their computer,that's not problem.
@freerr (667)
• China
26 Mar 09
To solve the entire problem, I think should set the different for different country's user. Maybe the price is not so expensive for the people in developed country but can't afford for the people in developing country. Some companys have done it like this I know but hope more and more companys are the following.
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@dolphin2406 (1227)
• Poland
26 Mar 09
Most of the software I use is pirate, I cannot afford to pay for all of them, they are very expensive and sometimes I just use a program for few times or even once and that's it. If the prices were low I would consider buying them. I can understand that to create a software it takes a lot of time and people to create it and in some cases they don't do profit if it is expensive and people will not buy except for companies who cannot use pirate software. But if they lower the price more people will buy and in the long run they can earn from it.
@freerr (667)
• China
26 Mar 09
Another friend think expensive price is the biggest problem. I think so.
@chimrani (1431)
• India
26 Mar 09
friend when i purchased my computer for first time i used my pirate software but it affected my computer and i wasted 1500 rupees on software and hard dish disk problems and now i advice to all mylot users not to use pirate software's it may affect you via virus trojan etc.... "Pirates are virus and trojan so its useless to use pirates"
@freerr (667)
• China
26 Mar 09
I am sorry to hear that.
• China
26 Mar 09
On the position of a software developer,i do not hope people to use pirate software because this action is not respect to the developer. On the position of a software user,i want to use more free software because i can save more money.
@freerr (667)
• China
26 Mar 09
You are right. Free software is not equal to pirate software. This is why more and more company set their software to free and get paid if you need sevice.
• China
26 Mar 09
I'm also working at an software corporation .I like to use free software, It's free and easy to use. I will paid for some good softwares which I have to use, but my os has no licence, it has a too high price to be paid.
@freerr (667)
• China
26 Mar 09
Nice to meet you, friend. My company paid for the licence of windows os. But my wife's laptop have a pirate windows xp.
• United States
9 Apr 09
I have used them...there's not a lot of difference, just customer service. hahahaha
@fasyahime (634)
• Malaysia
28 Mar 09
for now, when money is still big problem to me,pirate software is the best and only alternative for my computer.when,i have bigger income i will move to original software because i fed up with the register your software banner.
• Philippines
28 Mar 09
Well I am a computer science student and later a software developer. I am using pirated softwares for years now but I did not realized that piracy can hurt programmers like me. In my opinion using pirated software is bad and must be stop.