I've been of the opinion that piracy
is not applicable to the unauthorized copying of software. A copyright violation
or perhaps a breach of contract
, yes. Piracy
is a rube
-word used to make it sound worse than it is.
That said, there is empirical evidence that people who can buy, do. People who can't, copy. The only threat is from those who can by, but are such unprincipled bastards that they copy anyway.