Why piracy? Its cheap..Ill buy something if I like it..but most of the time piracy saves me alot of money (CD's, Games, Movies)
Expecially in todays world where quantity seams to pwn quality. I work hard for my money..I want to make sure I'm putting it to good use.
Think of it this way, why pay for something when you can get it for free... Many people, including students pirate programs, such as MS Office, Windows XP, CAD, graphic rendering programs, simply becasue they can not afford them. I've been in that situation, When I was in university, I don;t think anyone had a legit copy of windows XP, office, or anything... I however used Linux and free programs as much as i could. I also think the reasoning for people being naturally good is flawed. I think its a learned behavier, that generally stems from your socio-economic status in ones early years... A person who was brought up in a poor family may be more enclined to pirate than one who is brought up in a wealthier family. Though, I could be wrong on this. However, everyone loves free stuff. Even the wealthy.
I know someone who downloads music from time to time. For him its not just a case of laziness or lack of money, its also because of avalibility. Its tricky to get hold of some bands' music if their not particularly well known or what not, and although I accept they need the money the most, I'm sure they'd rather have me hear their music than not hear it at all. Plus you make a decent amount through touring and the like. He pirates software because generally, it is ridiculously expensive.
In principle, piracy is not just wrong but also against the law but as it's so cheap, quick & easy, I have been guilty of it too in the past. In order to solve the problem the enterprises should stop some obvious cashing campaigns of their products and the government should implement harder anti-piracy legislation & supervision. Getting sad examples from piracy and changing people's attitudes are the most efficient means to combat it.
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My view is this: everyone likes something for nothing and many of the pirates as you call them do put something back into what they take even if it is just a pack of 100 DVD-rs etc they pay full price for these etc and I know it is naive but we all pay in the long run hey for goodness sake we are all paying our ISP,s to even be here so please dont know the old Pirates we all pay in the end dont we?
To all the pirates: how would you like to know that your big game, movie, song, ect earned you $100,000 dollars. You could have earned another $100,000 if people did not pirate your creation. Pirating is all fine and dandy untill you are the one loosing out from piracy.
I don't pirate. If I want to "try something out" I will find a preview or demo of what I want to buy. I will read reivews on it before I buy it. Piracy for the "sake of trying it out" is like saying "hey I want to see if a PS3 is worth the money. I am going to borrow one for in infinite ammount of time without sony's permission."
Or it may have earned you nothing more as few of those that pirated the creation would have payed, or could have payed otherwise. Thus it generates hype, but makes a minor cut in profits as a result of people that actualy would have payed had piracy not been an option.
So long as wages stay down and prices keep going up, more and more people won't have money to buy films and songs, and more and more will be lost and not able to be found anywhere, but in the pirate networks and file sharing centers.
As someone in the industry, it is my job to make every attempt within reason to make sure my work isn't pirated, but if it is, then thats the end of it, I've made a piratable product, which ultimately, almost every information based product is. I can only hope that my products are good enough and cheap enough that people will actualy buy them, rather then pirate them. As to what is outside of reason, the multi-thousand dollar lawsuits against people for the occasional download, IE one 12 year old was sued for $25,000 over one song. Furthermore the IRRA is an extension of buisness interests into the peoples government which is meant to protect the peoples interests (not that it has).
Hmm, piracy is also linked to many other things and can be treated in the same respects. But you cannot say piracy is theft in any way, as you are not technically stealing property from the creator, but just gaining it by downloading it for free of the internet. But it is also connected to emulators, can you say downloading an emulator is theft as well? No matter how hard companies and game makers try, piracy will never be treated the same way as theft, and it is good that it is not.