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On 19/03/2010 at 08:38, xxxxxxxx wrote:
This is a fascinating discussion because it raises a fundamental point: why doesn't every user of C4D, or any other software for that matter, use a pirated version? To put it another way, why are so many users basically honest?
Legitimate users of C4D (which I'm just using as an example here - substitute any other software of choice) actually choose to pay for a license. Why do they do this? There are several possible reasons:
* fear of being found out and sued by Maxon (or more likely, named and shamed by legit users)
* concern that pirated versions may be incomplete or virus-infested
* desire to have the support, updates, etc. which you get with a valid license (very important IMO)
* the fact that someone using a pirated copy is less likely to get paid work
* recognition that if everyone used a pirate copy, soon there'd be no more Maxon and no more C4D
* and a general awareness that if someone produces something you want, you have to pay for it, unless they are giving it away
Someone who uses a cracked copy must ignore one or more of these points. It seems to me that such a person, having made the decision to use a knockoff copy is very unlikely to pay for a plugin and therefore will do whatever is necessary to obtain a cracked version. BUT such people will only make up a proportion of the userbase, and as we all know, they are most likely to be kids with huge collections of pirated software none of which they actually know how to use! How often have you seen someone in a forum say that they have Max, Maya, C4D, Softimage, and so on - did they really pay for those? Such people are not a competitive threat for the most part.
Since software protection cannot be made crackproof, we should leave it to Maxon to make C4D as pirate-safe as they feel necessary or possible, and stop worrying about it.