the arguement is however... great for the hardware, bad for the software... is the software makes the hardware...
if software companies get no money they dont support the hardware!
Exactly. But there may be some offset. It depends on the percentage of piracy and the percentage of increase in available consumers. If there are more computers sold, there may be more potential customers (talking about the '80s here). Even with the relative lack of piracy, the Atari 800 died. Most of the Atari 800 software developers moved to the C64 where they knew there was a piracy problem. This is because even with lost sales due to piracy, there were still greater profits due to the increasing numbers of C64s.