Ethics & morals of using pirated software to publish/post process photos

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Ethics & morals of using pirated software to publish/post process photos
Jul 30, 2008

So I'm wondering what everyone's take is regarding the use of pirated software for photography.

For the sake of argument, let's just say someone publishes a photo and they used a pirated copy of Photoshop CS3/Aperture/whatever photo editing software and that post processed photo is used in a magazine or other publication format such as the internet.

In your opinion, does it matter? Would it be any different? Would anyone actually care?

Feel free to correct my opinion/chastise/contest my opinion.

Basically, I think it swings two ways:

1) You process your image, it gets publish and receives some degree of recognition. Nobody cares what was used, whether it be OSX, XP, Vista, or Linux and the associated applications. It's all about the photography.

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2) One can argue that there is some degree of "dishonesty" in one's photographic work because you justify stealing some tools in order to produce an image.

Btw, if this needs to be moved to the PC or Mac forum, go ahead moderators.

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