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Thou Shalt Not Steal

As design students in the 21st century we all have been exposed too complicated and expensive software that allows students to learn a trade. The “complicated” aspect is not an issue, as school provides the platform to learn and understand such programs; the issue I would like to address is the “expensive” aspect. No one is the same and all students have a different background, however the unofficial standard for students’ financial standing is less than abundant. Everyone understands that college requires money and while some people work to pay for school, others get scholarships, and some happen to be fortunate enough to have affluent family there is always just one more expense. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Quark,  or any design software is guaranteed to come with a hefty price tag and although the manufacturers offer substantial student discounts sometimes it’s still too much. This  choice forces a moral decision from the student. The options are never limited to two choices per say, but pirating the software is always an available option that provides a solution to the problem. The question beggin to be asked is: if you’re a struggling student, is it OK to not pay for software you can’t afford?