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May 7th, 2008, 01:14
Originally Posted by Squeek View Post
Yeah, a kid can distribute a game to dozens of his friends at school, some of which might have otherwise purchased it. But a guy who uploads a game someplace where it can be accessed via the Internet is giving everyone online the opportunity to help themselves to it.
While this is correct, not everyone downloads current software from illegal sources. Of course, if you reduce my example to literally "one kid", it sounds ridiculous. But nearly everyone who buys a game has friends, siblings, parents, colleagues, who he might want to share his game with. Most of these people don't have high technical skills or habitually download pirated software. But if you get a CD from a friend, why say no?

Software companies don't like to talk about this point. They rather point at the evil warez sites. But in reality, for the company, it's much easier to target the average customer, and it's much more successful for them.
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