Back when I started in the web and for 15 years thereon, people who would use nulled software or rip custom styles, or use nulled paid addons, were universally vilified and called out for what they are - lowlife thieves. But recent events here and there seem to be calling that into question. Case in point - recently an entity (could be male or female, who really knows) with the mentality of an elementary school attendee who can't take the least bit of negativity, and expects to be coddled and praised for everything, stole someone's paid custom skin and tried to pass it off as his/her own. The thief was rightly called out for this and all hell broke loose, goofballs mostly noobs came out of the woodwork either outright defending the slug or making lame excuses for the theft - even saying moronic crap like "it's not really theft." When the victim was informed by the designer of the skin, the victim took pity on the thief and allowed it to use the skin as long as he gave credit for it with a disclaimer and a linkback to the victim site. Keep in mind the thief never contacted the victim, never apologized, and later claimed it talked with the victim and everything was okay, in a way that made it sound like the permission came before use of the skin. Meanwhile of course, denying any theft ever happened. Still had defenders, and managed to get the truth wiped from the original site, then on a second one where he/she seemed to be claiming the theft never happened because there was prior permission. Then later from another infantile entity, came a question thread asking how people "get away" with using nulled styles and/or addons. Turns out it was NOT "get away" without being caught, but "get away" with using them without getting infected with malware! Like, theft is okay, how do we do it without getting hacked! I kid you not. Not kidding at all - the second entity allowed how in his dull skull, theft was okay so long as "maybe if they do it because they are broke ... maybe they end up buying the license when they grow." So, theft is okay if you're broke! When cornered by a poster asking if he/she wanted to know how they get away with theft just out of curiosity or for educational/training purposes, this entity equated the questioner's use of a public fair use avatar, with theft of software and addons by use of nulled scripts! There's no way to make this up! There seems to be a culture growing where theft is perfectly okay and it's disturbing. How did this happen, where did it start? Is it just the younger, noob crowd or is it erosion of another kind. Webmasters used to be an honorable breed, and the thieves were usually always the spammer type, the "brown hat" type. (I call them 'brown hat' because they haven't the skills to be black hats.) Which brings me back to the second entity - and no I'm not kidding on this either. It started its thread by saying, "so i was browsing trying to find out forums i can spam my link and found this (nulled software) site." Another bottom feeding lowlife, the link spammer. Did this suddenly become okay too? Anyhow, discuss.