Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Jan 2011 12:02 UTC
Multimedia, AV I generally need a billion words to explain the problems inherit in the current copyright system. Joss Stone needs just one minute. "I don't care how you hear it - as long as you hear it." Can we please appoint Ms Stone as supreme overlord of the universe?
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I am not a software developer, only a humble programmer, but to say that piracy can ever be good or that it does not hurt the sales and profit of a software company is totally stupid.

Depends, really.

Microsoft allows piracy every now and then so that people wouldn't learn anything else. After all, they might be the same people who get to decide on what software their company or the local school will be running. It's also to prevent the "Linux cancer" from spreading.

Can you say teenagers pirating Photoshop hurts Adobe's income rate or Photoshop sales? No. On the other hand, some of them will grow up to be masters in graphics design. And which app will they then buy?

Neither would we (not me!!) buy all the movies or music we come around through torrent sites and such. Sure, we would buy loads more. Maybe.

But the people, who don't necessarily consume mainstream entertainment, might also never get to know the stuff without piracy being easy.

Of my current musical taste probably like 60-80 % is due to me downloading songs on the net. Buying random music and movies would become very expensive very fast.

I also buy records, though not for the "full prize" of 20-25 euros, only music that comes without the extra tax of record labels'.

I would also consider renting movies instead of warezing them, but only if they were around in HD and without DRM. That's my attitude.

On the software side: I'm a Linux user and like to stick with open source software. Only last week I changed my graphics card drivers from properietary to open (Nvidia blob -> Nouveau).

Aside Linux, I've got a legal Windows 7 installation aswell. I even bought some games from Steam sales.


But think about this: as a student I never/rarely have extra money to spend. If I spent 100 € on movies, then I would not spend it on something else. It might be my cancelling my personal trainer and go jogging. He wouldn't be there crying I just stole from him.

Edited 2011-01-17 13:46 UTC

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