Why… WHY…. would anyone pirate McAfee? Am I the only one puzzled by this? I mean, come on! There are tons of free and easy to find security softwares out there! (Like, say, Microsoft Security Essentials!)
Back in the day, before the popularity of free and/or open source programs, I can understand why people who pirate some of these programs. Artists in particular were up a creek because there was no GOOD alternatives to Photoshop for digital drawing or coloring. There wasn't a lot of alternatives for Microsoft products (including the OS) either.
That's not how it is now though. Photoshop has GIMP or paint.NET for photo editing. For drawing you can use Artweaver and Pixia. Or you can pay a bit and get Manga Studio Debut or Paint Tool SAI.
Microsoft Office has alternatives like OpenOffice (which I've used for years) or Thunderbird for your emails. If you can't afford to buy Windows OS, then you're probably using some "ancient" computer with XP (because you can't afford a new computer). Either keep using XP or get a free perfectly usable Linux Distro. (They are much MUCH easier to use now!)
I don't know, I just can't see any good excuse to pirate any of these programs. There's just too many great alternatives out there now. :-/
I'm not for or against piracy, I used to pirate everything, I also used to get a lot of viruses and have to spend ridiculous amounts of time cleaning my computer or reinstalling Windows. Back then I had no idea about Free or FOSS then I used a FOSS tool to help clean my and discovered FOSS.
Now a lot of the software that I use is Free like Opera or Avast AV, or FOSS like KeePass, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Audacity, XnView, 7zip, FileZilla, VLC etc… I have paid for some software like Windows 7, but the money I save by using free or FOSS I spend on games.
I have even written an essay about piracy: http://www.kulture.com.au/piracy/
Piracy is a good and bad at the same time, it's just a part of the digital age and it isn't going to go anywhere.
I'm Jingles and that's my 2c worth…
Just pointing out at least one inaccuracy… IRC was a protocol of the 90s, it wasn't around in the 80s contrary to the intographic… sure, BBSs had chat and file transfer, but it wasn't IRC, IRC came later.
Also, until the late 90s (97-98ish iirc) file transfer on IRC wasn't even that popular due to the slow rates available. I had ISDN and my 8K/sec was fast compared to most of my friends around the world.
It wasn't until the likes of Napster and eDonkey2000 came along that real filesharing became mainstream and you didn't need to rely on a single user to stick around until the end.
In the mid 90s with the advent of the CD Burner, many (software piracy) release groups started to produce compilations of games and apps. Popular names included 'Blobby' and 'Jurrassic'. Each CD had pre-cracked software able to be installed from a simple front-end menu system. They were copied often by friends and even people not in the scene had access to them for a small fee if you knew where to ask. At around £15/CD and 30-60 minute burning time (1x-2x speed) they were a fairly easy way to make a little bit of money on the side for many geeks.
if we're pointing out inaccuracies:
2010 and 2011 are of course not part of the 00's but of the 10's ;)
There is little lost revenue. I guess that most people who priate Adobe products are doing so because they are hobbiests and not professionals. They probably could not afford $1,000 for one program that is just a hobby. GIMP is not nearly as slick or capable as CSS and has nothing to offer comparable to After Effects or Premier. Don't get me wrong, I love GIMP, it is great for lots of things, but it's not CSS.
but…but i love pirating. thats how i get all of my music and movies…. :(