They should be paid by Microsoft. After all, very few people will actually "buy" Vista. They'll either buy a computer with Vista pre-installed in it, or they'll get it free for their existing computer thanks to their friends who burnt them a cracked version.
When you think of it, the only way to get into companies is to seduce the employees... have your OS run in their home first and then have these guys ask their boss why they're still using 2k or XP at work. Since these people are not going to pay for it, the fact that it's just been cracked is the best news that could happen to Microsoft.
--> Their home audience is going to get bigger (everybody will install Vista at home now that it's cracked/free.
--> The companies will never take that risk and after their employees are "used" to Vista (that way they don't need to pay for the learning curve) they'll buy the licenses.
So Microsoft gets the money from the companies and a vast community of users thanks to the crackers.
I say these guys are doing a huge favor to Microsoft, they should get paid
Seriously, isn't that the best business model they could have? And whatever they say about it and how politically correct they can be, piracy is a very positive thing for them.
very opinionated on that.