Well even though I side with the user, under the license agreement, which the user accepted, it says how many allowed copies are permitted, once they break that, it`s illegal and technically the developer is now loosing money and should be paid for that copy. Lets relate it to music, the RIAA is not too fond of copied music at all, now of course they have the big lawyers that go in for battle while these smaller developer shops simply don’t which means they just can’t keep up.
I think the real problem here is two fold. One, developers should allow users to put software on more than one machine, actually it shouldn`t be machine based anyways, it should be user based. Heck some software is processor based meaning if your server had 10 processors you need 10 copies, YIKES! Now for the second part, pricing. Like Oleg said, sometimes the software is just ridiculously priced and when developers do that they`re increasing the chances of pirated software. Not many people have a problem dropping 30-100$ on software but they do when it`s 400+. If they built the pricing system so it`s reasonable or offer other payment options like leased software, then more people would just pay for it. The current way licensing works just doesn’t lend well to corporate life and even computer life. How many times have you upgraded your PC, better call for another license? What about employee turn around? All these are factors that deal with piracy on a corporate level, too. Companies are struggling to keep up with laws on piracy because it’s so hard to track new licenses down, remove old ones, upgrades, etc…………..sometimes it’s just easier to have a pirated copy that I don’t need to call in for a new reg code when I’m setting up a machine or reinstalling an OS. Now larger companies usually offer blanket licenses that allow as many copies as necessary, so that’s a solution for larger corporations but us small guys get screwed and were usually the ones that need it on the laptop, office machine, home machine, etc.
He who gets greedy like a pig, gets slaughtered like a hog!