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I have heard from numorous people that there are opinions within Orthodox halacha that permit using pirated computer software. I have never seen this sourced or printed anywhere but only things like "I spoke to a rabbi once" or "my friend researched this extensively and it's ok.".

Can anyone share sources or names of poskim who are on record allowing use of pirated computer software?

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9473 –  msh210 Sep 15 '13 at 14:26
    
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/18022 –  msh210 Sep 15 '13 at 14:29
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In the Talmud, it is stated that if you loose something that you know cannot be returned to you (if by a river overflow or if it had no identifiers), even though you know it's yours, you loose all hope of getting it back and there for, it's as good as gone.
If I find something like that, I could safely assume that the owner lost hope of getting it back and I can use it.

some Rabbies (like Rav Dov Lior), assume that anything that was uploaded to the Internet is the same as a lost object.
There for, you can download anything from the internet (even though uploading is prohibited).

edit: source in Hebrew for this answer

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Thanks for the sourced answer and welcome to Mi Yodeya! I hope you stick around and enjoy the site. –  msh210 Sep 15 '13 at 14:31
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