I mean come on guys, we're all programmers here. Do you want people stealing *your* games if you ever got any of them published? Of course not! Why disrespect someone else's software/hardwork the same way?
Well of course not but while trying my best to not get into this, companies like Adobe are the reason people like "us" can not break into the market due to lack of capital. I ain't exactly wealthy but I am not skint all the time either, kind of in between.
I've not had a legit copy of Windows since I was 13, running on a bootleg copy the now. Simply because I bought a £1500 laptop that "came with a copy" of windows that I have no right to own, according to PC world. They can go suck it.
Well, I can understand not wanting to get into it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a gun hoe "BURN ALL THE PIRATES" person at all, I'm just saying.. *if* you can afford it (and "I just don't want to pay for it" doesn't count) you're ethically obligated to pay for it in my opinion.
I think Adobe has realize that their price model is hurting them though, I'm pretty sure only 1 out of every 100 copies people are using is an actual legit copy, I'm probably one maybe a small handful of "regulars" here who actually owns it.
But I think that's why they've started up this subscription service, it opens the door for regular people who are serious about it to buy it now. If you add up the price, assuming you bought a brand new copy of Photoshop every time one was released, paying the subscription service for CC is a bit cheaper than buying CS6. But, instead of plopping down several hundred dollars all at once you can pay about the same as going out for Pizza once a month. So in the end, they still get their money, but now it's more accessible for average Joes.
Personally, the $20/month I pay for the entire creative suite (I'm a student, so I get a discount, it's normally $50/month for the entire suite) is such a small drop in the bucket for me I don't even list it on my "bills". ;P But even at $50/month, I'm ok with that because I enjoy having direct access to all of the adobe line, for example I almost never use Illustrator. But a few days ago I needed a vector art program for a side project, so I just loaded up Creative Cloud, logged in and installed it, did what I needed, and uninstalled it. Seriously, going legit is worth it now, it's very nice having direct access to the latest and greatest of the entire product line.
..gah, I sound like a salesmen now. >_>