And that leads to the reader's question."At what point does the price of software decrease?" he wonders. "If piracy were to stop tomorrow, how much would the price of Windows XP drop? Microsoft's claim in the beginning was that it wanted to reduce piracy. Fine, I applaud that, because I write software too and design more efficient communications networks that save my clients money. So I also want my intellectual property protected. But they seem to be talking out of both sides of their mouths with claims of losses in the millions AND higher prices. If the claims are that activation was introduced to eliminate or at least reduce piracy, and piracy results in higher prices to the consumer, shouldn't the reduction of pirated copies due to activation result in lower prices to the consumer?"