PaoloM said:JoshRoss said:*snip*
While disturbingly amusing your reason is , the answer is a bit simpler: people pirate things that people want. And they go to great lengths to pirate things they want, and they just don't want to get things they don't want, even if they're free.
I have to admit, it surprises me every time I read about piracy rates for Windows. I mean, there's a reasonable alternative completely free and still... people just don't want it.
Perhaps it also comes down to economics. The perceived reward for pirating the software is greater than the perceived risk. There was an interview here with Cormac Herley, that covered idea that people choose weak passwords because the perceived cost of the alternative was too high. I would argue the same principle applies here. As I see it, there are four options: make Windows less attractive, increase the actual risk of pirating Windows, increasing the perceived risk of pirating Windows, or do nothing.