Original vs. Copy Software


You can pretty much get a copy of any software you want in the market at this point. There are some pieces of software which I think are rediculously priced and some which I think should be bought original so that you recieve updates and support that you may need.

Rule of thumb in my opinion is that every coorporate establishment or business should be using all original software and I find it sad that there are a lot of companies that use copy versions of windows when they can easily afford purchasing original licenses. For some individuals they can justify buying a pirated versions of OS and I can understand that but for companies I find that to be an unacceptable practice.

And now there is going to be the release of Vista at the end of January with the different variations. I know there is going to be a pirated version out there asap and work arounds for the security, no matter how formmidable the security for a piece of software someone will always find a workaround or crack if they see a major benefit for them to do it or work on it.

There are few things I tend to get original since it is ciritical software for your system, and most other software is available for free:

  • OS original (XP Pro)
  • Anitvirus (NOD 32)
  • Firewall (Zonealarm Pro)
  • ConvertXtoDVD (for MKV files to DVD, to watch highquality 24)
  • I get these software original for the support updates for them, except for ConvertXtoDVD since I got that for the need to burn an episode of 24 to DVD and it was urgent. I can’t do without my 24.

Ofcourse there are some pieces of software which I tend to rediculously priced so I get it through other means. I think the only major one for me is Adobe Photoshop because of how expensive it is.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!


  1. I agree with you. Adobe software originals are ridiculously priced, I use freeware equivalent like Serif Photoplus for graphics and Inkscape for vector and design.

  2. Don Veto: hmm.. very nice! I never tried that before, and now I think I will!

  3. While I don’t agree that ANY software should be pirated, I admit to owning a pirated version of photoshop because I need it for extensive photo manipulation, but as an individual, I cannot afford it (or I feel that I cannot afford it :))
    However, from a professional point of view, $600 for Photoshop is a reasonable amount to pay for a piece of software that is part of your day-to-day work.

    But as you rightly said, most of my software is legal that I purchased online or was bought by the company (since I use a company-owned notebook).

  4. Cajie: yeah I know what you mean, Adobe is so damn expensive! But most of everything I have is original and if I want to buy original I can only buy online! It drives me nuts! Sometimes I want to have it on hand, but its hard to find!

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