Software costs a ton of money nowadays, so I highly recommend you pirate it like I do. It would cost some assumedly huge amount of money which I have never looked up to purchase or license the applications we use daily.
And when I say pirate, I mean download for free. Some companies and individuals opt to pay for the software, but that’s just ridiculous! Why would anyone pay when you can get it for free?
Plus, it’s such a hassle to get software the “proper” way. It’s way harder to put in all of your payment information than it is to find a cracked version of the software online. As if I would ever pay… ha!
Not to mention, it’s really fun to talk like a pirate. I love to do so while I wait for the software to download and install for an epic combo.
Now is the time for me to answer your whineful questions about this practice.
“Isn’t it dangerous? Couldn’t you get a virus?”
Of course not! If it’s on the internet, it must be trustworthy. And though my computer does have more advertisements and banners and pop-ups on it than when I bought it, that actually makes me feel better. (See my answer to the next question.)
“Is it legal?”
I’m pretty sure piracy is definitely legal, since there are tons of ads on the sites where I find this software. I’m sure the ad revenue directly pays the software companies.
W. Albert Jameson, IV
The right software can be prohibitively expensive. However, your integrity is worth infinitely more than the latest version of Microsoft Office. Honestly, you might be pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced some software really is. Worst case, there are often cheap alternatives that provide many of the same features yet don’t involve any illegal practices.
Beware of rationalizing your actions of piracy, since someone could easily rationalize the theft of your product or service… Pay others for their hard work so you may expect them to pay you.
If you discovered another company was stealing (copying, abusing) your company’s product or service, how would you respond?