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Specifically? No, not so much but, IIRC, your stand amongst the anti-infringement crowd. But hey, if the shoe (about rabid baying) fits...
It is free, but afaik its illegal to distribute. You need to download it from the MS site? (I could be wrong though)
Same with cars? TVs? Driving licences? Passports? Music?
Most software thieves are not making rational price-benefit judgments.
I beg your pardon, but it is you that is not staying on key. The comparison is entirely apt -- it's you that's avoiding the issue by refusing to look at piracy squarely in the face and see it for what it is: theft.I really would love to see you make a pirate copy of a car and that it works as well as the original.
Not really comparable but nice try.
I beg your pardon, but it is you that is not staying on key. The comparison is entirely apt -- it's you that's avoiding the issue by refusing to look at piracy squarely in the face and see it for what it is: theft.
The ethical and legal issue is not the ease of copying (that's just a technological detail) but rather the reasons suggested above as to why people make unauthorised use of other people's property. The argument "if it was cheaper people would pirate less" does not refer to the ease of copying per se but rather to the pricing; the entire argument says that if the price were lower people would be more honest and pirate less.
That of course is a facile argument. So the comparison to other unauthorised uses of expensive items is entirely ad rem.
Time to straighten out your thinking in order to straighten out your ethics.