I still do that now and then to be honest. In Portugal many times we have to wait months or even years to get a game on the shelves. Most recent example is Prince of Qin, one of the best RPGs of 2002, started being sold in Portugal last month, and at full retail price no less!

So I honestly don't think it's a crime to get a game from the net, test it, and if it's bad, bin it. If it's good, buy it.

Pedro R. Quaresma
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Assunto: Re: [SWCollect] Time to blend topics
Edward Franks <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
09-06-2004 21:33
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On Jun 9, 2004, at 3:20 PM, Stephane Racle wrote:

> Following up on this thread - the software industry often mentions
> billions in losses due to piracy. But is that based upon an estimate
> of how many illegal copies of software packages are in use, or is it
> based on an estimate of how many people use copied products but would
> actually have paid for them had they not been able to get an illegal
> copy? There's a big difference between the two, and I suspect many
> people who pirate software would not bother purchasing it anyways. Not
> that I'm saying one is better than the other, but I am curious about
> the numbers being wielded around by the software industry.

                They go with the numbers that give the biggest loss to piracy
(estimate of illegal copies in use).

                On a personal level, I've met few people that would actually copy
something illegally and then pay for a legit copy when it was
available.  YMMV


Edward Franks

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