Matt in the Hat said:
Phew... quite the thread.
It is pretty tough to resist commenting on the craziness though... so just a really quick, really late thought:
The fact of the matter is, you don't get to choose to 'evaluate' full versions of whatever you want. It is illegal. Seriously. People made a product, and they made conditions for that product's sale and use, and the law agreed. If you feel that you should be able to evaluate any product you would like to, and try it out in full, for as long as you want, with no conditions whatsoever, you should get started on changing those laws - contact your local representative. Good luck with that. In the meantime, you are breaking the law.
Laws aren't constants. They change all the time, there's no valid reason to follow every law if you can get away with breaking them. No one does really. Most people only follow the laws which makes sense to them. For instance, you don't just go out and shoot people on the street and you can pretty easily understand why it is illegal to do so. However laws that has been instituted by greedy corporate capitalists that wish to shaft their customers completely, does not make the same kind of sense.
Besides, the laws look a bit different here in my country than it does in the states, and generally piracy doesn't even warrant the attention of the police and no organisation can even begin to issue a lawsuit unless they have proof of a crime (you see, here we don't just let anyone sue anyone else for anything like they do in the US, where you can sue McDonalds if you burn your tounge on their apple pie and similar stunts. Here you have to have a solid case and proof from the beginning before you are even allowed to sue). The courts here won't even touch it. And since it is illegal for private organisations (and even most governmental organisations) to monitor individuals internet traffic, it is pretty much impossible for them to acquire sufficient evidence to their cause.
So some actions might be illegal, but the law is written as such so that it is pretty much impossible to prove that the particular crime has been commited. Which is great actually. Not because it gives the middle finger to greedy corporations (although it is a nice bonus), but because a change in those laws would inhibit the individuals privacy in a most oppressive manner, which would be far worse and it would strike at everyone and not just internet pirates.
Just because something is in the law, it doesn't make it right. And quite frankly I don't believe you have followed the law all the time for every moment of your life either. In fact you've probably broken laws without even knowing it, it's just that they were so miniscule and unknown that neither you or the police would realize it.
That being said, I will from now on completely ignore any remarks about piracy in this thread, due to the mods request. From now on it's water under the bridge, so get back on topic people!