While I stand again by the fact that priceay is wrong and criminal, I prefer to live in a sociaty were some marginal level of information sharing is possible if in this way freedom of access to information and culture is GARANTEED, indepandant of any big gov. or company; as compareed to living in a sociaty that is totally controled and were access to informaiton technology is limited and access constrained.
I mean, take it form an american standpoint. Could you imagine if all music and entertaiment was bloacked form all forms of priacy? That would culminate in more then 80% of the world NOT knowning pymgies about american culture. Why would this be a bad thing? Why do we want the guy in Shirlanka, the bus driver form Kenya, or the shoe shiner in Equador to ever listen to Britney Spears? For better or for worse, because that music shows american culture, it shows the values and worldviews of nation. In this way it provides for a kind of way of relating to americans, it provides a playing field of equal understanding, and quite frankly how can you be an emeny to someone if your listening to their music… and liking it?
And this works the other way around to. We SHOULD listen to Chinese punk jazz, or Jamancain Classic Regge, or Japnesse Dark Metal Christan Muisc, … because weather or not if we like, it will teach us more about their respective cultures, and possibley makes us less likely to hate them.
As this applies to 3D software, well its not such a clear cut case, after all, the bottom line is that CGI is a buisness and it is hard to use humanitarian laws to such an endeavor. I mean If you are into CGI, you eventually WILL be making lots of money of it, so it is rather difficult for you to ever really justify blatant theft. Still, I would have a world were people can have access to this information, if for no other reason that it is GOOD for people to be exposed to techology, I mean who knows if some kid form Catmando is some savant and being exposed to Maya Mel Scripts is inspired and using some information tech. solves world hunger? You want poor people to see that there IS a world outside of their poverty, and they are not all to excluded form it. They should at the very MINIMUM have the opportunity to try and make it in the CG industry.
Still,… its not like the olds days of impossibly expensive apps. Companys have learned that it is a GOOD thing for people to want to learn the software. Personnally I think Softimages Educational version is VERY fair, and like was posted earlier if you can AFFORD a computer fast engouh to do CG, then by god you can afford Blender (and let me tell you, just as high quality work can be made with blender as anyother app,…it just TAKES MORE TIME, and if this is for a demo real IT SHOULDNT BE A PROBLEM) and the such, not to mention if you save a little more you could buy lightWave (which i dont like, but is a PRO app capable of anything you want ). Get a few freelance jobs and move on up to MAX or MAYA.
Since most of the people who pirate are kids I’d tell them,… come on guys piracey is an EXTREME over the top measure, much like a political coup-de-ta is a “little” extreme way of lowering the drinking age. Dont use priacy as a cruth. Stand on your own two feet and you’ll be surprised how far you go in life.
Sorrry for the long post guys, but by now you should know, I always make long post.