Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Which is defined as being what? It has to be an overarching definition.
Begging the question of why you'd go through Installous in the first place…
Enlighten us. What, pray tell, could Installous possibly do to "help developers"?
It's weird because you replied to my comment apparently without reading the comment and then ask questions clearly mentioned in my comment.
The problem with your logic is that you're assuming piracy with intent of malice
. You can define it however you want, but you're just dead wrong if you're assuming all piracy is done with malice or that all piracy robs the developer.
As far as why someone would go through Installous in the first place... see the 3 bullet points I mentioned in the comment you replied to... Points 2 and 3 are reasons and examples of zero malice.. that is, 2) downloading a previous version of an app that works where the new version doesn't due to some bug, or 3) to download a fixed version of an abandoned app. If either one of those occur where the app was already paid for or was free anyway, then who loses? What harm is done? Where is the malice?
Yes, Installous actually can help developers. Every app that I tried before I bought was revenue that the developer would never have received if I didn't have that opportunity first. A couple of other situations occurred where their new app had bugs and my only option was to switch to another app that had the functionality I needed to downgrade through Installous until fixes in the new app were made. In those cases, the developer stuck with me as a customer because I had the ability to downgrade through Installous.
Piracy with malice is clearly stealing an app that you would've paid for, but it's incredibly narrow minded to not see how that doesn't apply to all uses of Installous, and certainly has very little to do with jailbreaking as a whole.