Originally Posted by WREXMachina
Not all stealing is equal, which is why there is petty theft, theft, larceny, grand larceny, etc. $5 is petty theft, a misdemeanor. In my state $500 is considered grand larceny, a felony, and punishable for 1-20 years in prison.
So no, they are not the same. Stealing $5 is not stealing $500, and pirating an app is not stealing your rims.
If you miss that concept, along with all the words you're putting in my mouth, then you don't have any hope.
Last I will say, and if 100 people steal the 5 dollar app there is $500 out of the devs pocket ($300 technically cuz of Google's 20%) and stealing an app is much easier then stealing parts so you can bet there are more app thieves then part thieves... yeah you didn't commit larceny and it is a "different" degree of theft but in the mid evil days they would cut off your had for stealing an app... stealing is stealing and I would look at my son the same way if he stool $5 or $500 from someone and got caught... don't be a cheap ass, support a dev.