I always use pirated software..Do you?

Philippines
February 27, 2007 4:28am CST
Because of expensive amount of Operating System and other software i always prefer to buy a pirated copy of software. My Windows XP are come from a pirated copy and even my Microsoft Offices. If i bought a Licensed copy of Windows XP i need a $100 or more, unlike in pirated you should have $2-$3 then you have a copy of windows xp. I know this is violation but i just use it for personal. Unlike the other they'd copied and sell it. Do you buy licensed or a pirated software?
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32 responses
• India
27 Feb 07
I personally feel that if ur using pirated versions of the copy not only ur causing loss to the company which in turn is a loss to a lot of people.The money the company wud have earned would have gone into R&D of new OS and resulted in jobs to thousands of people.Imagine if MS cud reduce piracy by 10% it wud create jobs for 50000 people.Moreover pirated versions have a lot flaws in them.if u dont want to pay i suggest u go for Linux which is better than MS in terms of security and other features. Always Buy original.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
I agree wholeheartedly. When you pirate software, music, movies, etc, you are causing a loss to the little people, not the big guys. Every time you pirate a copy of something you are taking the money away from the guys on the low end. The secretaries, mechanics, industrial workers. They are the ones that suffer the consequences. They are the ones that lose jobs in the cutbacks. Not the CEO's and managers. I know it's expensive, but if you want quality, you have to pay for it unfortunately.
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• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I'm sorry for that..but i suggest that software manufacturer must released their product which is affordable to any computer user.
• Bangladesh
13 Mar 07
I partially agree with you. But software manufacturers like Microsoft should reduce their price for poor countries. They are sometimes charge too much for their products. However, opensource softwares are good choice for users. I support Open source software movement, however.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
27 Feb 07
When you purchase pirated software you are hurting the company and driving the costs even higher. With the newest Windows OS if you have a pirated copy of anything on your PC it is not suppose to run. You are doing something illegal since you are using another person’s license when you run a pirated version of software on your PC. I don’t think $100 is much to spend on any software. Of course, most of the software I require for my job is at least $300 even with a student discount.
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• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I don't think that piracy makes the original software's cost more higher. I think that a higher cost makes the piracy continue to exist. Computer users really wanted a original copies, but how could they have that if the price are almost equal to the family budget for one month. If they want to stop piracy i think they should lower the price of their product.
@Neo_Knights (1887)
• Indonesia
28 Feb 07
I use pirated software too. Indonesia was nothing, although many computer producer sold so many of their products here but none of the software company did not even care. So is it wrong if we pirated them ? And now some of the software company come to Indonesia and ask people to change to the original one, in a high price. Hell, who want it ? We already pirated it and we can pirated more. If they don't sell us in lower price, no way we change to the original one.
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I do have a pirated one but iam having pc problem right now. It keeps on shutting down and disk checking. Iam not sure though if it was because of that or something else. The original version are so expensive. I think its ok to use the pirated ones if it is for home use only.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 07
I think its ok with microsoft company to patronize pirated software if is for personal use. But if for business you need to have a licensed. The main logic is you can patronized microsoft products so that you will be familiarized with their software. For ex: using Microsoft Operating System. Most of the software/utilities released by microsoft is compatible with their OS unlike linux and other OS.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 07
Ok.I don't if this is true, I've heard this before..that you need a 1 licensed copy on operating system to a 1 unit of computer. So if running a internet cafe then you should have more copy of licensed operating system.
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• India
28 Feb 07
We never use the pirated copies even they are costly. buying pirated copies are just like a crime ..no ,no it is crime . the best solution is share money with your friend and buy the original copy..
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
that's a good suggestion..but who will keep the original? for sure they'd burn it to have a copy the other one.
• Philippines
27 Feb 07
i used pirated because licensed software are to much expensive, in the philippines if your gonna buy a pirated software it will cost you only for $1 and it has a lot of software in it like one cd has 10 softwares you could use but if im gonna buy a licensed software for example the operating system like windows it will cost $300 way to much for us but i just used pirated software for my personal use before here in the philippines computer shop use pirated operating system but now it is strictly prohibited if you have a computer shop and they caught you using pirated software they will confiscate all your computers and you have to pay a big penalty.
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• Philippines
28 Feb 07
ok..thanks for responding..
• Canada
27 Feb 07
To be honest, Yes i do use pirated software, there is aplace close to me that sells all that stuff... Anyways Windows XP is really expensive and i just got it for 5$. I also got my photoshop from this place and some videogames that were burnt. But the thing is that from what i heard, when you buy stolen things and pirated software is in a way stolen, you are the one who pretty much stole it... This is kind of confusing :P
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I think you're violating the law if you buy pirated then you burn and sell it. I suggest that keep it as a personal use.
@ryanwelsh (167)
27 Feb 07
I do not feel the need to buy pirated software as there is plenty of freeware online that matches upto standards. At present, for free i have got, professional office software, a great paint/photoshop, many virus protection systems, a firewall , a few adware and spyware scanners and alot more. p.s i dont think it was wise to broadcast that you use pirates on a site with alot of viewers lol
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• Philippines
28 Feb 07
were in mylot.i think any discussion you want to post are legal. as long as you couldn't hurt people.Anyway, freeware sometimes are free trial softwares.
@slavezero (835)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
some of my softwares are pirated but just like others i use them for personal use not to profit on them. i think 90% of my softwares are pirated ;P
@simesc (248)
28 Feb 07
I understand why people do it. The software companies charge a fortune for software and it is normally full of bugs and security failures. If software was cheaper - people would be far more likely to buy it. The only issue with pirated software, lots of companies now do products checks, to ensure that it is a genuine copy. Before they will let you download updates. But there are always ways round these.
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@burden (25)
• Canada
28 Feb 07
I do use pirated software and i feel bad about it
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• Nigeria
27 Feb 07
I do not use pirated spoftwares but If you are knowingly using it for commercial purposes, then you can do some jail time, but if you get caught using it for personal use, the worst that can happen would be, that it gets confiscated.
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• China
1 Mar 07
ya i am using pirated sofwere because these are very costly and impossible to buy. and i think we are not able to buy softwere then we should use pirated softweres.
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
thanks for responding..Just keep it as your personal used and don't ever re-copied and distribute for a cost or for free.
@itsjustmeb (1213)
• Canada
28 Feb 07
I wouldn't be admitting on a public forum like this that you used pirated software...
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I think nothing is wrong with that(admitting).I'm against piracy but i have no other choice. Poor people can't afford to buy expensive software or operating system. If there is an optional softwares for poor people which is affordable? why not to buy a licensed? The good thing is I've never sold any pirated software.
@tamanash (952)
• India
27 Feb 07
i think most of the people around the world are using pirated softwares because its completely out of reach to buy original software for middle class people.nobody wants to use pirated copy but we have no other choice.i think only big cooprates can afford it.a genuine copy of XP will cost you around $450 but you can get a pirated one for $2.5.and both will work the same way.
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I agree on you..if the software manufacturer will lessen the cost of their softwares..People would benefits a lot, not only those on the corporate and even those poor individual that want to explore the worlds of technology. And this will stop piracy.
@mywords18 (647)
• United States
27 Feb 07
yes i used to but now buyin licensed version as its more safer and makes u feel gud too.
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I'll have a licensed copy of windows 98. but i never i've never use it since the Windows XP was released. I bough for $100+.
@blueman (16516)
• India
27 Feb 07
i do use them sometimes, but i think they are not very good as genuine ones.
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
pirated software can't upgrade online.
• Bangladesh
13 Mar 07
I use pirated copies of Windows2000 and MS-Office for my personal. I think, there's no problem using these softwares for personal purpose as the price of these softwares are too high for us. This helps us to use computers in low cost. Thus computing spreads in our country very fast.
@estherlou (5020)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I really live a sheltered life! My software (Windows XP)came installed on the computer I bought. I would never consider buying pirated software...I wouldn't even know how to do that...I've never heard so much justification for stealing before. Wow...I don't know what to think. Just think if you were the person who invented or wrote the program...you would expect to get paid for your work and expect to get a residual from every copy sold. How would you like it if everyone bought stolen copies, or bought one copy and shared a copy with all of their friends? It's okay because you are going to use it only for your personal use? Wow...