This is an anonymous poll, and we're not here to judge nor preach.
I hear people say "I have 40,000 songs/albums," and then talk about the various free apps and services they use to access their media across all of their devices. At .99 or more a pop, I'm suspicious that they purchased the majority of that music. That's $40,000. The same goes for movies and game ROMs — which are even more expensive.
Then there are those who would never think of stealing a .99 Android app, because they would be ripping off a developer.
There are desktop and mobile apps that people love and consider essential to their workflow. However, they don't feel it's priced appropriately, so they steal it. There are widely available torrents for both Adobe and Microsoft apps that are common examples of piracy.
In my case, I guess that explains why my media library only contains about 100 songs, 10 albums, and a few videos. I guess it also explains (one of the reasons) why I've never had a virus.
Would it be unfair to equate digital media theft to brick and mortar theft? Some examples:
- You don't like the price of gasoline, so you drive off once you've pumped it.
- You really want an Audi S8, but it's too expensive for your budget, so you take it on a test drive and never return it. Besides, where does Audi get off pricing it at $120k?
- My wall would look great with the infamous Card Players painting, by Paul Cezanne, but it's $270 million dollars. I want it, so am I justified in lowering the price to zero, and stealing it from an art gallery?
- To be fair, the above examples might be perceived as comparing apples to oranges — so perhaps a more appropriate example is in order:
Is it right to walk into a brick and mortar and help yourself to whatever media you want?
When you answer that question, keep in mind that there was a day when all forms of music, desktop apps, movies, and other forms of entertainment were distributed through physical media, and nobody complained about it.
It could boil down to one thing. People do it because they can.