Now just for the record I am not defending piracy. But I do want to point out how utterly stupid the terms of service for the various different types of software are and how they are, in my opinion, counter-productive to making people become legit customers.
For example, I recently bought a monthly subscription for Modo. According to the rules I am allowed to have it “activated” on 2 machines at a time. Only being allowed to install modo on 2 computers at a time is pretty draconian to begin with, but I thought it wasn’t so bad since it’s still 2 computers. But then I realized that while you can have it installed on 2 machines, it can only run on 1 at a time. This made me pretty angry because I had introduced my mother to 3D modeling/sculpting and she being an artist (she likes painting, both traditional and digital via touchpad/laptop) was pretty exited for it. This is a pretty big deal since she is in her 50’s and doesn’t normally care about this sort of thing and thus this may be the only time ever where I have found any common ground with her hobbies. I told her that I would share my modo license with since it can be installed on 2 machines. But now I learn that modo only allows you to run it on 1 at a time. Wtf?
Ok, look. I get it that companies hate piracy. But let’s me honest here, if you charge a lot of money for your software (and most of these companies do. 60+dollars a month for a single program is a fair bit of money for a lot of people) and yet you still treat your customers like shit by pulling this kind of crap, people are going to pirate the shit out of your software. Now actual companies won’t, because they aren’t going to risk getting their pants sued off (unless they are stupid), but do you really think that some random enthusiasts are going to pay all this money only to have their use of the software be extremely limited by these draconian rules? Of course they won’t. They are under no pressure to be buy it and thus they probably won’t.
Why do these companies not realize that this kind of nonsense doesn’t accomplish a god damn thing other than drive away legit customers?