It really, really isn't the same thing. Downloaded games don't take up any space. Say you steal someone's shirt right off their back. You've actually taken something away from them. However, you can download a file as many times as you want, it costs nothing to do so and doesn't take up any real space.
Piracy is like choosing to not put a bird back in its nest. You don't have an effect on anything, and you could've done the better thing. Piracy is wrong because you could be doing the right thing, but choose not to.
Because piracy is not stealing software at all. It is the unauthorized use of software without a license. You can go out and drive a car regardless of whether you're licensed to or not, but if you are not holding a valid license, you get into trouble for operating a vehicle without one. If you manage to get away driving without a license, no one is going to care in the slightest as what's done is done and nobody got legal spots on their records.
[Edited by L, 9/7/2009 6:08:59 PM]
This will ofcaurse force developers to create new security measures until they will be up in our asses scanning every single non trusted data that we comprehended with the games which will eventually force the pirates to counter those system and the cycle continues... do i need to say more?
Actually, the argument of theft is incorrect.
Theft is essentially defined as depriving someone of the use or benefit of their property.
Downloading of software does not deprive the developer, publisher, or any of the related people of their property - they still have the gold masters with which they made the media in the first place.
You could argue vandalism - the willful and intentional destruction of value of someones property, but at the end of the day its still ludicrous to argue *anything* like a 1:1 ratio of downloads to lost sales. If you believe that, go attend a 011 level Probability and Statistics class.
As I said, I have no particular love for pirates, but I have even less interest in distorting the law to favor lobby interests and create an entirely new form of crime for what is fundamentally a civil matter.
End, period, freakin' Dot.
[Edited by Punisher0836, 9/7/2009 6:41:51 PM]
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