Gee, in college they taught us that computers (at the simplest level) were all about "efficient reuse of information".  One man's rip-off is another mans adaptation, is yet another mans inspiration.  If we can't employ the fruits of our predecessors' labor without being called thieves, we must eliminate not only the so-called "rip-off" software, but relevant books, magazines, and web sites.  Sheesh.  Give me a break.  If we get down to it, we all stole from the Abacus and counting stones in piles.  I wish idiots would stop looking backwards and focus on the path in front of them.  Talk about wasting life's precious time.