Is it really difficult for you to understand that anything that is popular is more valuable than something that is not popular?
I do not advocate the stealing of Porsches or anything else for that matter, I only make the statement that popularity increases value. It should not be difficult to understand this reality...
As for comparing the stealing of tangible property to the copying (stealing?) of software. The person who had their software copied is not deprived of using the software and would not lose money by having to replace it.
I do not support the wide spread use of pirated software as this would limit the amount of development that software companies were able to expend on new innovation due to a loss of revenues.
Having said that though, I still believe that software piracy increases the user base of the pirated software. Our subject Mac would have no knowledge of SolidWorks if he did not have a pirated copy of the software. As this is a subject that he is very interested in, it is very likely that he will eventually (I hope) turn to using a legally licensed copy of the software. Thus one cannot really equate software piracy to Grand Theft Auto...
Mac, I for one like the analogies so keep them coming. This is a good discussion all things being equal software piraters are engaging in illegal activity but they are not really in the same class of law breakers (criminals?) as car thieves.
Call me names if it is in your nature to do so, I don't really care. I live and work in the real world, not some make believe Utopia.
Ps. Very nice knives Herr Wilkins, you sir are a true craftsman...