A reluctant pirate?
In my journey from Windows 3.1 through to Windows 7, I have gone from borrowed or cracked copies of Encore 3, Sibelius 1.1, Finale 2000, Logic 5.5, to paid versions of Sibelius 6.2, Finale 2003, GPO 4, MusicXml, PhotoScore 7, Synthfont and Reaper.
Borrowed and cracked versions have enable me to try these programmes more thoroughly than "demo" versions, which are incomplete, or do not save etc.
I used Exreme Sample Converter to convert the DLS samples from Virtual Music Synthesiser into Sf2's, as VSL in W2K upset my printers! Is it legal to recycle obsolete programmes in this way?
In my solo string libraries, (XSampler, and Kirk Hunter), I need to add several notes to the top of the ranges, so I need Kontakt.. but I really do not need their 43GB of libraries, even at 250€ crossgrade; So, I could either find a Kontakt crack, or, record the K-player output (in 15-minute sessions!), construct the high notes in Audacity, and create Sf2's for Synthfont, or Sfz's for Aria. Maybe legal for my own use, but less so for mp3's for my students?
I "torrented", then erased, the K2 libraries to test the orchestral sounds: I prefer my GPO. Why can't I download Kontakt 5 without the libraries, for, say, 79€ ? It makes me want to use a crack, but I didn't say that!!
My colleagues use Finale 2008. I export fairly well from Sibelius to my Finale 2003 via MusicXml, and they can import the file into Finale 2008. They can do the reverse process (with 2 xml conversions!). Unlike sibelius, Finale does not save into an earlier version, which is stupid, as this encourages decent folk like me to use a cracked Finale 2008..(only for such exchanges, though).
I have (only) two places of teaching work: on both reserved computers I am sorely tempted to install a cracked Sibelius, to avoid carring my laptop everywhere; I would not be using these cracks at the same time as my two registered copies, and my colleagues don't touch these computers, so...
Unobtainable older software, or unobtainable registration, for older machines..
Reactions, before they come to lock me up?