Piracy does not remove the original from anyone it simply copies it, therefore no theft has taken place, and no money has been lost unless someone can
prove you intended to buy it beforehand.
For anyone who still thinks Piracy should be illegal and pat's themself on the back for not partaking, ask yourself this:
- Have you had friends over to watch a movie you purchased?
- Have you ever video taped or taken photo's of something... containing artwork, copyrighted material? You cant take a video of most homes without
doing this, make sure you dont accidently record the TV in the background of your home movie either.
- Have you ever photocopied text from a book. Copied lyrics, sung or performed a song written by another?
- Have you ever recorded a TV show, recorded a song on the radio?
If you have answered yes to any one of the questions YOU ARE A PIRATE in the eyes of the Law.
Sure the law stipulates in some instances that you can show X number of people the movie before it is piracy, but they are just drawing magical lines
in the sand to suit their needs and the needs of the Corporations who are now using their money to influence the laws.
Further, why do we have the tools to copy all this stuff if there is just about nothing we can copy legally?
Sony, who is known for being anti-piracy and pursuing pirates sells a lot of drives used for the copying various forms of media! They profit from the
piracy just as much as torrent sites etc.
I bet just about all Schools, Judges, Lawyers, Police all have copywrited photocopied material in their posession right now. Most of the info I was
given in school was photocopied by the teacher from a book, and it is the same in most workplaces.
TECHNICALLY YOU ARE A PIRATE AND I CAN GUARANTEE ALL OF US ARE, INCLUDING THE JUDGES MAKING RULINGS AGAINST PIRACY.
So get off your high horse and realise that everyone is a pirate because just about everything in our world created by man is intellectual property,
including anything made by nature that man modifies genetically. You are saying these people have a right to own the world you live in because they
have modified it's original design. The physical world is no different to the virtual world it is just atoms instead of 1's and 0's
The capitalism system is responsible for this mess, we have allowed people to patent knowledge itself for profit. This is holding back the human race
as a whole, technology is slowed because the left hand is not allowed to know what the right is doing.
Just because everybody is breaking the law does not mean it is right, but when everybody can no longer avoid breaking the law - it means it should not
be illegal. Years back they cracked down on people copying songs of the radio, now that people download them they don't even care this is also piracy
- because if it goes to court the Jury would find the person not guilty because everyone does it and there is not much left to create that doesnt
infringe on someone elses idea in some way.
My point is in this day and age it is impossible to avoid being a pirate which means we need to change the law.
If we just realised that all knowledge should be freely available and people should be allowed to copy whatever they like then our technological
advancement would skyrocket. Those who produce a product would have competition, but they would have a head start in the production and manufacturer -
and would be forced to keep thinking ahead and advancing themselves to maintain their lead - intead of stalling advancement for generations because of
an old technology.
edit on 16-11-2011 by byteshertz because: (no reason given)