Okay, I don't use pirated software but my friend has pretty much every art program on his computer. They are all pirated and he did not buy any of them. Now... he pretty much just uses it for personal use and fun but I was wondering, what are the rules when it comes to using pirated software to create art? What if you created something spectacular that you could actually sell to people from pirated software, are you not allowed to ever sell it? or is there a rule where once you have bought the software, all the pirated past doesn't count? Errr... sorry if what I'm asking sounds confusing.
I'd like to know what pros out there do? Do all of you buy your favorite programs every year with all the new versions that come out just so that you can create work? Do you just buy one version and then never upgrade? I really have no clue about any of this stuff and I'd like to learn from everyone. Thanks so much.