quote: Fritzer stated it well. You can "share" something, but you cannot make a copy and give it to someone else.
quote: To me pirating a game or movie off the internet is basically the same as walking into a store and stealing the DVD.
quote: Would you walk up to a cashier in Best Buy and tell him "I am going to take a copy of this game without paying for it, but it is not stealing because I would not have bought it anyway, so the company did not lose any money."? Of course not.
quote: Did piracy ever visibly affect your sales? Of course. Whenever it is possible to get free copies of software, people do. I found very little regard for the rights of software companies or programmers among the computer using public. I knew people who were leaders in their community, deans in the church and the like, and who were among the most honest upright citizens you could find anywhere. Yet they had no compunctions about making illegal copies of software. It is extremely rare to find someone who won't copy software if they can. Remember when shareware was really that? You could keep and use the program and were asked to pay for it if you like it, all on the honor system? I have spoken with a number of shareware authors who tried this and never got a dime from the thousands of downloads of their program. In fact, I tried this with Problematic. Thousands of downloads, not a dime of revenue. People won't pay if they don't have to. Almost no exceptions. Some Commodore journalist once told me that French Silk (the assembler) had a huge cult following on the East Coast. I was very surprised to hear that because by that time I had sold very few. Did you make transitions into computer markets other than the 8-bit Commodore line? ( Apple? Amiga? ) No. As I said above, I got tired of the rat race and all the rats I had to deal with and just jumped ship in 1986.
quote: You're essentially calling billions of people criminals for breaking laws trillions of times.
quote: 'File sharing' - as commonly understood (meaning making and distributing a copy of a copyrighted work without permission) is currently illegal
quote: So would you advocate the removal of all traffic laws because people routinely speed, or don't come to a full stop at stop signs?
quote: I give up on trying to convince "file sharers" that they are depriving publishers of sales, even though if you carry the argument to the extreme that only one person bought the item and everyone else "shared" it, the entertainment industry would obviously grid to a halt.
quote: There is such a thing as the EULA