Wow, what happened here? We're getting to the lengths of some of the replies I made back in the CRJ thread...
Ok, so first off: I whole-heartedly agree with you. Secondly I'm not just a few years "off of" being a teen. I am a teen, and I too have sunken lots of money into flightsim, and every aircraft I fly is either freeware or gotten legitimately (either paid for with money or working with manuals etc. (Thanks Mathijs! I probably wouldn't be able to comfortably afford the CRJ if not!))
Of course these people who pirate addons excist, and they always will. That's the problem, they will always excist no matter what addon creators do to try to get arround them. It's a circle, not a line if you get what I mean.
In regards to funding the sim itself in the future, ms/asobo know what they're doing. They're launching paid DLC's to support them onwards, and sure: I don't think a lot of excisting hard core simmers will buy them, but MSFS has a much broader audience than earlier sims, and some people (hopefully enough of them) will buy the DLCs and other stuff on the marketplace to be able to keep the platform but not make it an addon monopoly.
Besides, the piracy isn't your problem @azgoodaz. I'm sure Aerosoft have considdered making the move and have concluded that the negatives outweigh the positives. Of course you're free to make suggestions, but when you do so in a public internet forum you need to expect some opposition.