` Everyone would steal in the right circumstances. `
Food, perhaps, if one were starving to death. I actually take that comment back: we have a federal food stamp program in this country. When was the last time you heard of an American dying of starvation? Everything else, no, not honest people. Aspiring web developers can always work at Starbucks until they can buy the software.
Anyway, back to the topic: Running a business with un-registered copies of software running on your systems is a really bad idea.
I had an friend who ran a recruiting firm with 20 employees who always stole her software. One employee was fired, knew about this, and let Microsoft know about it.
She ended up paying $25,000 to stop the lawsuit. That`s a lot less than the original cost of the software. Not a good business move in my opinion.
PC`s wouldn`t even exist without firms like Microsoft, who spent over $6 billion in 2006 alone in R & D. Sure, they`re huge and have tons of money, but they started with two employees like the rest of us.
It`s named `The Digital Divide` for a reason. It`s not a person`s `right` to get free access to software, any more than it`s a person`s `right` to a mortgage. Microsoft isn`t a non-profit organization.
Bill and Melinda Gates have given tens of millions of dollars to lots of causes, and they had no obligation to do so. Good for them. Did Larry Ellison?
Would you be ok if someone stole your proprietary code, since they couldn`t afford it?