Petulant pirate justifies downloading, offers advice

Over 6,500 words to complain about paying good money for bad content, but some excellent points for content distributors.

An essay by "Bobbi Smith" justifies serial piracy because games, movies, and ebooks are priced too high, at least according to the author. World of Goo is worth five or seven dollars, but paying $20 means downloading. Halo at $60? Download. Paperbacks at $6-$9 should be priced at $1$3 in ebook form. File sharing is no worse than jaywaking, because they're both illegal.

Good points are made. First, the author claims to never resell the pirated content. Second, a great comment about major studios and movie companies: "My guess is that these industries really aren't losing money, but are losing control. And maybe to them, control is more valuable than profits?" Unfortunately, you must go through 6,450 words to get to this point.

Me too

You, sir, just described my file-sharing and content consumption habits. I expect this to be largely ignored and if it actually reaches any1 within MAFIAA it'll be ignored.

anonymous on

I'm not convinced that we are a vocal minority when it comes to piracy. I think that many, many people act in the way described in his post. And that more do so every day.

AndrewDucker on

Why do I pirate? Because when I buy something through legit sources they make it a huge pain in the ass.

Grimby on


I fail to see how this 'petulant child' attitude that we geeks like to adopt re: DRM does us any good.

tomc1985 on

You do realize that many bands, especially newer and smaller ones, depend on that type of revenue, albeit it very small in the beginning, to fuel their project? Your unwillingness to go see a band live dimishes the effort.

anonymous on

As it becomes cheaper and cheaper to self-distribute, more artists will be able to cut out the corporate middle men and make more money while lowering prices.

discountgenius on

I was of the view point that if people could get it for free, why would they even pay for it? You helped answer that by explaining that if I can make a fan, they'll be more likely to fund/buy our next release.

Matthew Bile on

Advice to all

but seriously stop with the DRM. Stop with the FBI warnings. Stop with the system restrictions, the country coding, and the release windows. Just STOP with anything that makes the pirated copy more convenient.

Kristopher Kell on

I think this is more of an open letter to content publishers; content creators haven't had any trouble solving the problems that you explained.

dissident on

Digital products are too easy to copy to stop piracy. Do you think content distributors will ever meet pirates halfway, or keep throwing lawyers at the problem? Vote below.

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