Originally Posted by cmf2
Theft is just as poor a term for piracy as it is for installing OSX on a hackintosh. In fact the consequences from the two are almost identical.
Effect of piracy on the owner if:
a) You would have bought the media if you couldn't have found it for free - loss of profit from one sale
b) You would have not bought the media anyway - no effect on the owner
Effect on Apple for building a hackintosh if:
a) Had you not built a hackintosh, you would have bought a mac - loss of profit from the sale of a mac
b) You would not have bought a mac - no effect on hardware profit, but at least they got a (smaller) profit from the sale of the software
By contrast, physical theft results in the loss of potential profit from the sale of the product plus
the loss of the costs incurred creating, shipping and storing that product every single time regardless of what the thief would have done had they not stolen the product. Theft takes money out of a companies bank account, piracy/hackintoshing may stop some money from entering the bank account, but it wont take money out.
You can justify things however you want, but at least keep things in perspective. Throwing piracy under the bus while owning a hackintosh is somewhat hypocritical.
My take on Hackintoshing:
Apple does not make a computer to suit my needs, though I do require some software that is written only for OS X. Therefore, I could not by an Apple computer. Apple would have made no money off of me.
I built a computer to my needs, and bought the OS X. Yes, Apple doesn't get a hardware sale (they wouldn't have anyway) but they do get the OS sale (something they wouldn't have gotten anyway). Therefore, in my case, Apple isn't loosing any money on the sale of the OS. In fact, they are still gaining money since I would not have purchased any product if I couldn't build a Hackintosh and found an alternative to the mac only software (in this example, Final Cut)
If you walk into McDonalds you can purchase a re-fill and use your own container, you don't need to buy their cup. You still need to purchase your drink (and it needs to be the same size and such as theirs) but put it in your container. I'm sure they wouldn't like it if you filled up a Burger King cup, but they still will let you if you buy the drink. Same idea in my mind. Same drink, different cup, just as long as you buy the drink. Now Apple does say "Our drink, Our cup." in the EULA. Bogus, but yeah, that Hackintosh owners break.
Anyhow, I didn't mean to turn this into a Hackintosh thread, I was only commenting on it for those who would think my views on piracy are the same as iPhone theft.
As for these days, I actually removed my Hackinosh partition. I have no more need for Final Cut. Sad, 1000 dollars I spent on it a while ago and now I don't need it. Kdenlive works enough for the stuff I do now.