If Cinema 4D was more affordable, (i.e a hell of a lot cheaper, not the price of a new car) , there would be more people that would be buying it rather than using pirated copies. Making it commercially available to all computer/software stores online like Ebuyer, Scan, or even frigging Tesco…and you would have a huge consumer market to develop for, instead of a tiny percentage of the world and 3D software market as it currently is and from there, you open the opportunity for capital investment to pay for more development and innovation. Freezing users out from upgrading in the future is ridiculous as well. With Prpellerheads Reason 1.0 for example, which was first released in 2001, if you bought it for £290 back then, I could if I was still on that version, still upgrade for the same price as someone who was on Reason 9.5 to version 10 and that’s not 8, but 17 years later lol.
If other software companies can do it, there’s no reason why Maxon can’t.