There's been more talk in the news about piracy lately and I've been doing some research on it, so I thought it'd be appropriate to make a post about it. I'm hoping this will inform the uninformed
Let's get one thing straight: piracy is NOT the same as stealing. If piracy were the same thing as stealing, they would call it stealing and not have to make up a new word for it.
So all of those anti-piracy ads that claim piracy is the same as stealing are wrong.
What is the difference between piracy and stealing, you might ask yourself.
Here's a handy little guide that should clear it up for you:
This is where piracy differs from theft.
When you pirate a file, you are taking a COPY of the original file, but the original file is still in the owner's possession. Nothing is lost.
Let me give you another example: stealing a car = theft. Making an exact replica of a car and stealing the replica, while leaving the original in the owner's possession = piracy.
Now let's bring a business aspect into the equation:
Let's pretend you are the owner of a hat store. It takes money and time to put the hat together (money to buy the materials needed and time to put it together,) but you will sell the hat for a higher price than it took to put the hat together and therefore make a profit. Simply put: it takes money to make money. The money you use to buy the materials needed for the hat is called the 'investment.' You are hoping that the hat will sell so that you make back the money you spent, plus extra money in profits.
If someone steals the hat, you will have lost all the money and time that went into making the hat. This is why stealing is wrong.
However, if a person has the magical ability to create a replica of the hat and he does so, he will get a free hat, the exact same as the hat you made, BUT since he is not taking the original hat that you made, you do not lose any of the money/time that went into making the hat.
What you DO lose, however, is POTENTIAL money. Every person who comes along and creates a replica of the hat is a potential customer. They have the potential to spend their money to buy your hat, but since they have the ability to create an exact replica of the hat for free, they will obviously go with that option, rather than paying the money for yours.
WHETHER YOU FIND THAT MORALLY ACCEPTABLE OR UNACCEPTABLE IS UP TO YOU.
This is why the RIAA and other anti-piracy firms are up in arms. They want to stop piracy because they believe piracy is driving away potential money.
They believe piracy is morally wrong, and they're entitled to their viewpoint, however, the Draconian methods they are using to enforce their viewpoint SHOULD BE MET WITH PROTESTS AND HOSTILITY.
Case and point. <-- That is why we need to unite against these juggernauts and bring them to their knees.
Also, Kid Rock is a moron who needs to read this blog post.
And lastly, I encourage everyone to read this: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/1121596044/how-piracy-works
he manages to say everything I said in this post, but in a much more eloquent and lucid way. He also touches on something I briefly mentioned in other post about piracy, which is that businesses need to change their business models to incorporate piracy, because piracy is not going anywhere, any time soon.