Since it appears both DC and SS software are under copyright protection, why do people still justify their actions by saying stealing is ok (Since they can't aford to do otherwise)
That's not always the motive. Some of the games in question are rather difficult to find now (obviously more Saturn games fall into this category than Dreamcast games), and to some people the emotional gratification of owning an original isn't really that important - they just want to play the games without the hassle of finding an original somewhere.
expecialy when laws clearly say otherwise?
I suspect that most people in the U.S. (and it wouldn't surprise me if this is true of people in other countries as well) generally don't have a very good idea what the law actually *says*, but rather get their sense of the law through a combination of "common sense" (the obvious rule of thumb being "If it directly harms someone else, it's probably illegal") and hearsay. There are a number of myths that regularly circulate regarding copyright law, including:
- It's not copyrighted if there's no copyright notice.
- It's not infringement if you delete it within 24 hours.
- It's not copyrighted anymore if the author/publisher isn't selling it.
- It's not infringement if no money was charged.
- It's infringement if someone steals my idea.
I think people find it easy to infringe copyrights because:
- They don't really know what the law says anyway, so it's easy to convince themselves that what they're doing is either not prohibited, or specifically allowed by some exception.
- The author isn't directly involved in it, so any possible harm could only be thought of in an abstract way.
- Related to the previous point, many people see "corporations" (governments probably fall under this too) as being some kind of vast, nebulous entities that won't really be harmed by it. This attitude seems to be common enough that bigger corporations end up needing security measures to prevent internal theft.
- It's usually a lot faster and easier to grab something from an immediately present friend than to go through the official channels.
- The recent attitudes of some parties toward the "piracy problem" leaves some people feeling that they're being treated as pirates by default (Windows XP Product Activation and audio CD copy protection being two recent examples), so why not just do it?
- Some people just get a kick out of being a 31337 I113g41 w4r3z d00d! D0wn wi7 d4 m4n!
I'm sure I've missed some reasons and made an unfair generalization or two, but that's my sense of things at the moment.