Ethics & Programming Debate

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    Sadly enough, I do have faith in people. I have in my day used many pirated versions of things (yes I did just admit that).
    The things I actually use however I have paid for or have found free alternatives to (open source). Many times I will try software out before buying it (I hate using the crippled demo versions) and at the cost of software these day it better be all I'm looking for. Being a programmer myself, I have respect for the time and effort others have put into their product and therefore will buy the product if I indent to use it.
    I hope many other programmers have the same attidute. But I fear many do not.

    Perhaps software registrations should be used for people to get updates and new versions (many do this already which I think it commendable), not to prevent people from using the product after 30 uses.

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    >>> (I hate using the crippled demo versions)

    Yes, so do many, and a crippled version rarely gives the right impression of the full product, so...

    >>> prevent people from using the product after 30 uses.

    ... gives them a non-crippled demo to decide if the thing is for them or not. Is that not, after all, what you want?
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    hmmm... unfortunately the purchase of much software is largely inelastic... [i'm taking econ... so i'm applying it to the real world now...] even if pirating were much worse [which i think it could be...] there would still be demand for the software, even if it was inflated beyond belief... prices raise, total revenue raises as well...

    this said, i totally avoid the economical context of programming, and do it only as a hobby... if i did it on the side, why not firstly help others out with our skills, and secondly make a buck!

    hey now, 'da', maybe i would have said something like that anyway... but with more 'hmmms' and ellipsis'...
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    Originally posted by doubleanti
    this said, i totally avoid the economical context of programming, and do it only as a hobby... if i did it on the side, why not firstly help others out with our skills, and secondly make a buck!
    If you are taking econ the answer to this should be pretty obvious. I program first to make a buck because I have bills. Nothing like a house payment and kids to motivate you to get out there and do some work.
    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose.

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    If you are taking econ the answer to this should be pretty obvious. I program first to make a buck because I have bills. Nothing like a house payment and kids to motivate you to get out there and do some work.
    good point...
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