- Oct 6, 2011
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But its free how could I possibly be stealing? This is they grey area that causes people to do things like go to the piratebay to download the latest episode of the Simpsons or ShowBox to stream the latest episode of The Flash. I mean if I can record it for free on my VCR why is it illegal to download it? The simple fact is that when you download a product you didn't pay for you are skipping out on the ads which actually do pay for the product. In reality the bad outweighs the good.
The same can be said for free software which is pirated. The only reason you would pirate such an app is to get rid of the ads. Textra a free SMS app for Android has started to send out warnings to those who have pirated the app threatening to report them to authorities. The warning states you have 3 days to download the app from the play store or else.
In an interview the creator of Textra admitted that piracy wasn't a big deal to them. The message is more of an encouragement to get folks to download the legitimate app through the Play Store to keep them away from modified versions of the app that are available which could contain malware. While they may not really be going after pirates, the app is FREE so if you stole it you may want to consider supporting the developers and just download the app from the Play Store!