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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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Gullible Jones
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I used to be a pirate. I understand why people pirate. I don't.

No, I don't consider piracy to be on the level of outright theft - you can't steal an infinitely reproducible resource. For me, what it basically boils down to is this:

If the creator of a piece of software, or music, or other art, attached a price tag to it; and if you download it for free; then you are violating the terms under which the author desired their creation to be distributed. It's not quite theft (IMO), but it is (again IMO) profoundly disrespectful to the artist and to their art.

Granted that the waters are muddied by corporate contracts, I think you can safely assume that an artist does not want his or her creations freely distributed, unless he or she says so specifically.

So while I understand the sentiment against huge entertainment and software companies, I don't think piracy is really a viable option for fighting back.

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