||Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution|
Personally I have downloaded a lot of copyrighted programmes to try and because of the limitations of the trial software have used cracks to get full use of the software. The thing is after extended use if I like the software I buy it, if I don't like it I uninstall it. For those programmes without a crack or serialkey generator, if the trial is too limited to test properly I don't buy it.As far as music goes I have discovered some new bands that I didn't know about through file sharing and for those I like I go and buy the cd's. That is if they are available here in Aus. For those that are not available in Aus I have to use the downloaded "pirated" version as the major music companys won't import them.
It is about time the Riaa woke up to the new world and moved outside their comfort zone. They are missing out on market opportunities. And after all Riaa is US based, supposedly the land of free enterprise, but apparently only if it doesn't rock the establishment boat.