Originally Posted by Donutz
It's a difficult issue. As a shareware author, I know my software is being used illegitimately. On a couple of occasions I've had support request from people who aren't in my customer list, and when I ask for their license key they give one that's obviously out of a keygen. So I'm no fan of piracy. But I'm also scared that whenever the government gets a hard-on about something they'll use a pile driver to drive a thumbtack, simply because it's too much effort to craft an appropriate response. Then everyone suffers. Case in point, the Canadian government put a surcharge on recording media like CD-R's a while back to 'compensate' the recording industry for any loss of income that might theoretically be caused by selling this perfectly legal and legitimate product. Morons.
And yet downloading torrents is still legal in Canada. I think it was the right move, but I'm a pirate.