Originally posted by Syko
If you copy to make money you're a pirate, if you copy to check out the s/w then you're smart...
Yeah, that's kinda how I see it.
When I was a student, I never thought about the bigger picture, it was just "Cool! I got this game for free!" and I didn't have any money for software anyways.
Nowadays I will still check out copied software, or use cracked versions, but if it is something that I really plan to use, I will purchase it - both to ease my conscience (because I am now fortunate enough to usually be able to afford it) and to say "thanks" to the individual who created it.