No, Arkinstall, I am not talking about stealing something for the shake of stealing or simply for the shake of not paying for it.
If you do things just for the shake of not paying, the amount of money that you have is irrelevant.
And deserve is a word that I would not use. Many people really deserve a better things and being able to at least survive and they struggle. This has nothing to do with what people deserve.
What I am saying if you want a better job, you may have to learn/improve your skills and software but you may not have the cash to pay for it. So what do you do? You get stuck in your job because you have no chance to practice and learn the new stuff that will finally end in the required pay rise? Even if you're lucky enough to have a friend who has a legal copy, installing it in your computer will be illegal.
If you buy a new computer and want to simply add Microsoft Office... that's another 300 Euros on top of the PC's price!
Not everybody can afford it and yet they may need it. And now there are other alternatives but, let's be honest... how many people know that open office exist?
Music and movies are another matter. My personal experience: When napster started, I used it quite a bit to download music. I have to say that there was no rules against that at the time, and anyway the music business would not do any money with the music I downloaded because what I used to download where: extended versions, mixes and re-mixes of songs I liked (and which I could do perfectly without, and I would never buy anyway), songs that were not available in the shops anymore (and couldn't be bought so there was no loss of money there), songs from other coutries that I could not buy in my own country (yep, no loss of profit for anyone there), and songs from groups I really enjoyed and which I ended paying for, plus a few of new groups that I bought because I loved their music when I downloaded (so that was a little extra)
Regarding movies, I have bought movies that I have only watched once because I thought the the story was interesting and then I bored to death when I watched them. They finally went to the bin.
Nowdays, I have tried to use streaming site... but you always get little cuts and screen freezes because the bandwidth (mine or theirs) may not support so much heavy traffic, so the service is improving but it is not quite ready yet.
For me, the business model needs to be re-adapted to new times and it looks that only a few services like iTunes are trying to do it.
And, I insist, I did not say that it was right. What I said is the popularity and the wide use of certain software, or the reason that people go to certain gigs or buy certain T-shirts is because they downloaded the software/song/movie and got the merchandising, etc. And that helped them to get/stay to the top.
So while it is true that everybody should get their copy and pay for it, there may be indirect advantages when people download your product, whatever you may be.