GDC11: Piracy is Not Theft, Says the Creator of Minecraft
“If you steal a car, the original is lost. If you copy a game, there are simply more of them in the world,” said Minecraft creator Markus Persson at the GDC Indie Games Summit yesterday. “Piracy is not theft.”
Persson went on to say other things about piracy after that, but I’ve tuned out, because this is really dumb. Theft isn’t only about physical products; it also includes services, and if you don’t want to think of digital copies of games as products, then you are by default considering them to be entertainment services. It’s wrong to, like, not pay for the not-free car wash or the not-free help with your taxes. S–t, wait a minute. Persson actually said something about this.
“Treat game development as a service,” he said. “Make a game last longer than a week. You can’t pirate an online account.”
Yikes. I mean, you actually can pirate an online account. That is a thing people do, via VPNs/emulated servers.
Ugh. I hate everyone. We are not entitled to have things we want that cost money for free just because we are physically capable of doing so.