Photoshop vs. piracy.
Okay.. I have been lurking around this topic, wondering if I should drop my two cents on the topic and decided no! But now I am mildly intoxicated and feel like sharing my view on the matter. Keep in mind that these arguments only apply to proffesional creative programs like the adobe suite or the likes of these.
(Sorry TOAS, please don't ban me, I'm on vacation and I am very bored!)
My point is simple. Adobe does NOT loose money on people downloading/stealing their software via pirating programs, because the people downloading the software would not have purchased the product in the first place. Why? Because they have no motivation to do so, as M-vero mentioned; there are plenty of other alternatives to doing so. Oh well why do people do it then? Simple, people aren't that creative when it comes to products. They just choose what ever their heroes use; adobe! My point is that piracy is good for adobe because if I had gotten used to say Gimp instead of Photoshop, then it is very likely that I would not switch and choose photoshop for my (hopefully) future professionally life. Boiled down, I think, that creative software producers such as adobe benefit very much from piracy, because when I am ready to start my professional life I will have no choise than to buy the products because these are the only tools I am experienced in useing. Also, by this time their products would be tax reductable. That makes quite a difference :P