As a student, I've pirated fonts and software before. While now I try to stick to free fonts or using subscription services such as Typekit and CC, I still occasionally find myself downloading resources without purchasing them first.
I realize this is unethical. I'm sorry for it, and I realize the right alternative is to either stick to free resources or pay for good ones. My assumption, however, is that a number of us at one point or the other also pirated fonts or software.
Here's my question: can pirating fonts or graphic design software actually benefit the foundries and companies behind them? My theory is that while young graphic designers might pirate software in the beginning, once they come to depend on it, they might be far more inclined to license it legally later on in their career.