Well aren't all hackers, or crackers, cheaters. Updating software without paying for it, getting money without earning it.
Hackers appreciates freedom -> They use/prefer Free software -> They're not even asked to pay for it in the first place. "Knowledge wants to be Free" -> Software is "knowledge" -> Software made by hackers is Free.
Crackers... Well... Dunno. I don't know any crackers personally.
Cracking copy-protections (and different protections in general. Especially on Apple-stuff, because Uncle Steve is tweeting annoying control-freak*) etc. is partly done "because we can", and because they don't think the software is worth of the money they're asked to pay for it.
I think I missed the question
* Note: Hackers cracks copy-protections etc, too. But for different reasons. We want to listen our music on our own devices instead of just iPods, and watch our DVD-movies on Linux, dammit. Crackers cracks stuff for 1) reputation (shareware-cracking-scene in the 80s/90s) 2) "if I share you this new movie, can I haz your new movie?" 3) Money. Different protections are just artificial limits. No matter are you hacker or cracker, breaking artificial limits and looking for the real limits is what you live for.
How can anyone be a hacker then? If that's the case the first hacker cheated!
Because in the 60s when first hackers came to be everyone was pr0 enough