Linked by twitterfire on Tue 25th Oct 2011 21:15 UTC
Multimedia, AV ABC.net.au 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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2005-11-13

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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RE: What can you do ...
by re_re on Tue 25th Oct 2011 23:23 in reply to "What can you do ..."
re_re Member since:
2005-07-06

I couldn't agree with you more. I rarely ever watch any TV except for the weather and the news on occasion. However, my thought on this (what I do) if I am interested in a movie but know nothing about it, I will download it and watch it. If it isn't a total crap, I will purchase the blu-ray from the store. I think of it like this..... if I go to any retail store and buy a product that sucks, I can bring it back. However you can't return an open dvd/blu-ray so I just do it the opposite way.

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RE: What can you do ...
by terrakotta on Tue 25th Oct 2011 23:50 in reply to "What can you do ..."
terrakotta Member since:
2010-04-21

Sure thing, you can live without, the fact remains though that as a consumer (as in: you really want it) there are only 2 options:

1) pay a lot of money for content and get screwed in the process, getting later (if at all) than it aired in the originating country. Content being a volatile product depends a lot on the me-needs-it-right-now attitude of humans to addictions.
2) get it for free, without ads, without viruses, faster and most often in higher quality than the legal version.

Content owners just have to adapt, screwing your customers is never ever ever a good business model.

Now to your you don't need to watch/listen to it point:
beauty and art are a core part of most animal forms, mostly to attract mates (mostly of the other sex). Mankind has evolved it a bit further than that, nevertheless, without it live would be boring.

Does it give someone the right to steal (although human evolution is highly corelated to intellectual property "theft")? It does not, but it goes both ways, the content owners try to steal from the consumers by demanding a higher price for a lower quality product than the market is willing to pay.

In a free market neither the owner nor the consumer can set the price, apparently the content owners don't really like that... Not to mention that intelectual property rights are artificial ways to create artificial monopolies, without them piracy wouldn't even be illegal. Rendering your point mute.

To the one who said that prices for other people go up due to piracy, this is untrue, prices for music content have stayed the same before and after the internet explosion.

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RE[2]: What can you do ...
by WorknMan on Wed 26th Oct 2011 00:17 in reply to "RE: What can you do ..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Now to your you don't need to watch/listen to it point: beauty and art are a core part of most animal forms, mostly to attract mates (mostly of the other sex). Mankind has evolved it a bit further than that, nevertheless, without it live would be boring.


So learn how to play a musical instrument and get laid... problem solved ;)

I can personally attest that life is certainly NOT boring without this stuff. In fact, it only gets better when you realize that all of that endless, mindless entertainment is merely a distraction that keeps you from doing and having the things in life that you've always dreamed of.

Honestly, there isn't much 'beauty' in anything the content industry is pushing out these days, and there's enough free music and literature out there to last a lifetime.

Edited 2011-10-26 00:17 UTC

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