Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2012 00:13 UTC
In the News "Like any space opera, the story of information technology is a very simple one. It is played out in a myriad of different ways by a revolving cast of characters, but it always has its loveable heroes, its predictably nefarious villains, innocent civilians to be saved, and bumbling bureaucrats that aren't inherently evil, but begin every story aiding the forces of darkness out of a misplaced belief they are preserving law and order in their corner of the galaxy." He might use Star Wars as an analogy (I strongly dislike Star Wars - Trekkie here), but it sums up very well how I feel about computing today.
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RE[7]: A little over-dramatic
by ilovebeer on Mon 13th Feb 2012 06:50 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: A little over-dramatic"
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Well, we're not talking about the sky falling; we're talking about an end to the war on piracy, which is what everyone is saying they want to happen. That's what everyone is pissed about, right? People scream and cry every time a site like The Pirate Bay is taken down, saying we're gonna end up just like China, blah... blah... blah. So, what do you think is the natural course of evolution if they stop trying to shut down these sites? Doesn't it stand to reason that there would be a LOT more of them?

The lower the risk, the more likely people are willing to take their chances. I'll agree to that.

Sure, the content industry could drastically lower their prices, but it's really hard to compete with free, when free is plentiful and super-convenient to access. 'Let's see... I could either pay $3 to rent this movie, or I could go download it from this pirate site and keep it forever...'

It's an enormous assumption, and one that doesn't actually have any real merit, to say that if the war on piracy ended, the majority of people would turn into pirates simply because of easier access to pirated works. By assuming that, you completely remove every individuals moral stance on piracy. I don't believe it's lack of access that keeps the majority as paying consumers. Google is, afterall, very easy to use and even grandma knows how to search for "free music" these days. People have however proven over & over & over their willingness to pay for what they perceive as products & services worth paying for.

Were all efforts to stop piracy cease tomorrow, society would not treat content as a massive free-for-all until there's none left. Those who pay for content now would most likely continue to do so.

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