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Multimedia, AV has published an article titled "The Case for Piracy". The writer shows how copyright has been hijacked by corporations and that publishers are their own worst enemies. "One of the main reasons we all have anti-piracy slogans embedded in our brains is because the music industry chose to try and protect its existing market and revenue streams at all costs and marginalise and vilify those who didn't want to conform to the harsh new rules being set."
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What can you do ...
by WorknMan on Tue 25th Oct 2011 22:33 UTC
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In Australia, it's a similar problem. But I'm not subscribing to Foxtel just to watch my team play the occasional game in the middle of the night. I'd gladly pay to watch the matches I want to see. But I can't. As a result, I hardly watch any matches anymore. But if there's a big one, then my one and only option is to watch it live on the internet. What else can I do?

What else can you do? I'll tell you what you can do... you can DO WITHOUT. I'm not telling you that you SHOULD do without because piracy is evil, I'm saying that the day you become truly liberated is the day that you realize that television content (and video games buy extension) is not air, and you don't HAVE to have it to survive.

The only reason I say that is to say this; I've been completely TV free since the late 90's. I've been video-game free (other than the occasional emulator) for a few years now. In fact, I don't even own a TV. When people hear that, their minds are sufficiently blown ;) And you want to know the strange thing? After doing without for awhile, I honestly don't miss any of it, and wouldn't want it even if I could get it legitimately for free.

So if you want to pirate, then pirate. But don't give me these 'I can't get it any other way' bullshit excuses, because you're not going to drop dead if you don't have it. If that were the case, I would've keeled over years ago. Can you point me to ANYBODY who has ever died because they missed the latest episode of Jersey Shore?

You people have to realize that the content owners have you by the balls, because they've got you thinking that this content (most of which is little more than junk food for the mind) is essential to your survival. So, just walk away. I promise that if enough people do that instead of pirating, they'll change their tune. They would have to.

Edited 2011-10-25 22:36 UTC

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