Read this post on Jona Bechtolt.
Synth content? Simple. If people don't pay for their software, the software companies don't get paid. If the software companies don't get paid they cease to exist. If they cease to exist they can't make us our synths.
The biggest issue I have with this is not him "trying out" pirated software before buying, but him glorifying it. He's promoting it whether he realizes or not. If he has an audience, he has a fan base. Fans typically respect the musicians they like. Fans may be inclined to take similar actions. BTW demos are for trying before buying not pirated software.
On his teamyacht public website he states the following:
"I use pirated software. I'll be the first to admit that. The certain audio software of my choice has been historically hard to crack and has been sort of an unreliable program to use due to its "I could stop working for you at any time" nature. They are smart over there in Germany. No one knows why it stops working. No one knows how. It's not calling home to the internet and shutting itself off. It's not creating an invisible file that tells it to stop working. It's not even embedding some sort of copyright violation code into the song files... I don't know what it's doing, but it stinks."
see for yourself
Is this any of our business? If you want companies that make tools that you use to continue making those tools, then I would probably say yes. Now you know why anti-piracy USB dongles exist. The software we use is probably more expensive because of this as well...