Sources: U.S. Department of Justice , 
quote: The fact that you think Gimp is even in the same league as Photoshop shows you don't have a clue.
quote: People tend to steal stuff because they want it, not because it is available.
quote: When something is available for free, people will take it for free.
quote: Your examples above do not provide accurate parallels to the issue of piracy.
quote: First of all, many people make a living off of the software they pirate. I know many web developers and the like who use pirated Photoshop. Most of those guys are still too poor to afford Photoshop, but not all of them are so revenue is indeed lost.
quote: Since the pirates aren't paying for anything, they're offering their services or goods at lower-than-industry fees.
quote: Prove it. If PS was never available to these guys, who are too cheap to pay for the software they need to do their jobs, I'm guessing they'd use GIMP instead. Or some retail product that's a lot cheaper, like CorelDraw.
quote: At the end of the day, even if you saved $1,000 (or whatever) by not buying PS, that's a one-time expenditure that has a negligible effect on your long-term cash flow. It doesn't make any material difference to what kind of prices you charge for your services.
quote: The pirate users DO see value in PhotoShop ... if they did not want to use it the would use GIMP instead.
quote: Of course they have the option of using GIMP and other free software ... the fact that they don't should tell you that there is money owed to the developers who spent their time trying to make a living.