All Glories to Srila Prabhupada
I have a thought in my mind which has kept me busy for a while. Most of the software that we use is pirated on our computers, we also download MP3s from the internet and movies as well. In fact many copy righted material is also uploaded on Youtube such as full length movies which eventually gets pulled down by Youtube after the producer files a complaint.
Pirated software is what we download from the net instead of paying the company who made the software, and we find ways and means of activating it instead of buying the serial or license from the manufactures.
So What i want to know is that - isn't using pirated software wrong, even though many of us use it innocently or it comes installed on our computer or sometimes friends pass on software on CDs etc., at work or college. Won't this create Bad Karma.
Also would we get Bad Karma by downloading copy righted videos or audios or watching movies on unauthorised sites?
Kindly clarify because sometimes I feel piracy is okay and happens -
1. As manufactures charge a lot for their products, exhorbitantly sometimes
2. Many companies with whom we entrust our Data or information use it in other ways or sell it, so software piracy happens due their Karma of not safeguarding our information.
Please clarify this. At Present my computer uses only freely available or open source applications.