A Contentious Question

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What is or has been your relationship to pirated software.

Poll ended at 24 Nov 2019

I have never listened to a pirated song, watched a pirated movie or used a pirated version of Office or Windows.
2
2%
I have never used pirated software.
5
6%
I have a pirated DAW on my computer.
1
1%
I have one or two pirated VST/AU on my system.
1
1%
A good percentage of the music creation software on my system is pirated.
0
No votes
I have used pirated software in the past, but I don't at present.
27
30%
My first experience of Reason was through using a pirated copy.
16
18%
If it was possible, I would be using a pirated version of Reason now.
0
No votes
I believe that software piracy can provide some benefits for developers.
6
7%
When I'm better off, I'll buy legitimate versions of my software.
2
2%
For some reason, I always seem to get better results from software which I have paid for.
5
6%
If developers charged less for their software, maybe I'd pay for it.
1
1%
I do use some pirated software, but I feel really bad about it.
0
No votes
On occasions, using pirated software has lead to me later purchasing it.
12
13%
Pirating digital media does not involve the removal of a physical item and therefore it does not constitute theft.
2
2%
Using pirated software from small or individual developers is much worse than using pirated software from the big boys.
6
7%
All intellectual property is theft. Developers are all capitalist fat cats. Come the revolution, all software will be free.
0
No votes
Software piracy is a serious problem and culprits should be punished in the same way as people caught stealing physical items.
4
4%
 
Total votes: 90
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Periwinkle
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Post 18 Nov 2019

I occurs to me that opening up Reason to VSTs (Which I think was a good decision), meant that the availability of cracked VSTs may have had an impact on Reason Extension sales. I wonder ...
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Jmax
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Post 18 Nov 2019

I started out using the cracked version of Reason, for years. Then decided I love it and have sunk maybe 4-5k into version releases, RE's. Props for the win!

I have some cracked VST's not gonna lie. I'd flat out buy them if I could afford it. I will eventually one by one.

Do I create better music with instruments that I've paid for? not really. It's all the same.

reggie1979
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Post 18 Nov 2019

I can't say I've never used pirated software. Back in the day, when photoshop was completely not affordable, people gave me copies to use. It wasn't until all that Lars/RIAA stuff that I made a choice that pirating is bad.

Seems I'm of two minds. I don't want to be judgmental, but even rich folk (er, I mean kids) use pirated software w/o any moral compass whatsoever. Now, I HATE those people. (I'm looking at you Kanye............. )

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Periwinkle
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Location: London England

Post 19 Nov 2019

Sorry, had to do this:



And, of course, with cracked software, there is a higher risk of fire.

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