Originally Posted by Euphonious
1) is piracy. Even if you stop pirating by later buying the app, the initial use is still piracy. (I agree with the need for some try-before-buy feature, though, or at least a way to get an automatic refund if you delete an app within a short period.)
3) is piracy if you didn't pay for the app before it was abandoned.
2) is probably not piracy, but sounds like a bit of a fringe case.
You're assuming piracy with intent of malice here.
1) (Try before you buy) Is only piracy with malice if it extended beyond trying or no purchase was made. Any actual real trying before buying only helps developers. The only time it hurts them is if it isn't actually trying before buying. I rarely try before I buy myself, but I have done it with expensive apps that have no free trial version or in-app upgrade to the full app.
3) What the hell kind of comment is that? Ya, it's piracy if it's piracy and it's not if it's not. If you paid for it or if it was free then of course it's not pirated. The point is that Installous is one way of getting abandoned apps that you may have paid for or were free to begin with.
2) "fixed versions", ya, again, it's not piracy if you paid for it already or it's a free app. Again no "wrong" is being done here. Nobody is hurt.
The bottom line is that jailbreaking does not equal piracy, and it's not even required for piracy. Furthermore, piracy enabling apps like Installous have uses that have nothing to do with piracy and can in some use cases actually help developers.
Not only do I have 637 apps, not one of which has been pirated (in any way), but I don't know a single jailbreaker who does pirate beyond the 3 cases (if that) that I mentioned before. The reality of pirating for iOS is that it's really just not worth it for actually direct real pirating of apps to get out of paying for them. Bugs, upgrade problems and so forth just doesn't make it worth most people's interest. The only exception to that (beyond the 3 cases I could think of) is with kids who I can't imagine would be buying apps to begin with.
The best thing that could be done to stop piracy is:
1) For Apple to allow for a "trial period flag" where developers could set the time period of trial before the app was disabled.
2) To allow apps to be reverted to previous versions.
3) To encourage developers not to abandon their apps, but if they do, allow the app to be transferred to a new developer who has purchased (or been given) the rights from the original developer.