File Sharing Is Not Piracy

File Sharing Is Not Piracy


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    MonkeyHitman
    Member

    if someone cannot understand these pictures .. then its best to go sell your pc

    The-Penetrator
    Member

    I totally agree

    TGGeko
    Member

    File sharing is not taking money away from anyone, it is taking away the potential to earn money, so technically, File sharers are just competition.

    dieAntagonista
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    dieAntagonista

    Damn right.
    Though I do wish I was a pirate so I could steal some booty.

    MalcoveMagnesia
    Member

    I see four different types of crimes.

    Alec Dalek
    Member

    A file sharing is just a file sharing.

    MalcoveMagnesia
    Member

    Speaking as a developer who loses a potential sale (and income) each time my software is copied and passed along: it’s stealing.

    Howie Feltersnatch
    Member

    Failure to capitalize on a potential gain is not the same thing as loss.

    dieAntagonista
    Guest
    dieAntagonista

    @MalcoveMagnesia: Hooray for biased opinions.

    MalcoveMagnesia
    Member

    What’s biased about it? I used to pirate (and file copy) software before I started actually writing it. When you copy software, it means I lose on a sale and it directly sucks money out of my wallet. Which means I have less ability to buy groceries, pay rent & taxes, etc. And takes away my motivation to write the software that people like to copy. And it takes away the company’s ability to hire & give a salary people to write the software. C’mon. You know it’s wrong. Please pay for the software you use. When you don’t pay… Read more »

    RSIxidor
    Member

    @MalcoveMagnesia:

    And how will you pay for the series of tubes to log on?

    dieAntagonista
    Guest
    dieAntagonista

    I don’t think there are very many people who steal any software if they could actually afford it.
    You do have a point, I understand your point of view but even then it’s still biased.
    But just think logically, how many people do you know who are rich enough to actually buy the software but steal it instead?
    I guess there are always those nasty greedy people who will do it anyway. But I don’t know any person who stole any software they could have afforded to buy.

    Randomguy
    Member

    I’m starting to head away from copied software but I can see why people go for it. Why pay over £100 for Office when for a 50p disc I can get the same thing.

    dieAntagonista pretty much hit the nail on the head with his comment.

    Tyger42
    Member

    File sharing is piracy. Period. Anyone who believes otherwise is deluding themselves. I’m not saying don’t do it ( Hell, I do it ), just be honest with yourself. Oh, and “I can’t afford to buy it” doesn’t make it right. ( I do it, I know it’s wrong, and I’ll own up to it if I’m caught and take my hit. This is what we call “being an adult”. )

    zephyr
    Member

    @dieAntagonista: There are unbiased opinions?

    dieAntagonista
    Guest
    dieAntagonista

    Well nobody said it’s right just because you can’t afford it. But if you don’t have the money to buy it, then how is anybody losing any thing?
    If I don’t have enough money to buy something from a store, then I’m not going to steal it because it’s a loss for the owner and wrong. But if it’s a program on the Internet? Nah, those two things will never be the same.

    dieAntagonista
    Guest
    dieAntagonista

    @zephyr: Sure.
    You ask me, what is my opinion on the death penalty, I’ll tell you I’m against it for various reasons but I’ve never been involved with any body who got the death penalty. = Unbiased opinion

    Now if you say, but what if somebody murdered your entire family, wouldn’t you want the killer to die? I’d probably say yes, but it would be a biased opinion and against my moral beliefs.

    MonkeyHitman
    Member

    hmm so you’re saying .. big company wanna put high price on something we cannot even touch. so one lucky fella buys it and we share .. so next time you go McDonalds and buy some Fries and you share with your friends. oh wait thats against the law because the company is loosing profit and thats less motivation for the company to make more and less money to give to workers. why dont you lock them up also for sharing. so if my friend send me fruity loops XXL 8 over msn is that piracy better then he mail… Read more »

    Tyger42
    Member

    @dieAntagonista: The thing is, no matter how many people are saying “I’m pirating it because I can’t afford it”, most of them would be able to if they really wanted it. Still, that logic doesn’t justify sneaking into movie theaters, why should it justify pirating software? And just because you’re stealing a copy doesn’t mean it’s not still stealing. IP laws are made to protect artists and designers.

    dieAntagonista
    Guest
    dieAntagonista

    @Tyger42: Are you sure? I don’t know any body who could afford photoshop.Honestly. Not without starving for a few months. And programs aren’t even the number one thing people download. And when it comes to music and movies, most people I know including me, will buy it anyway if they really love it. I’ve seen this story on digg a while ago, where they said, piracy actually helps to get people’s stuff out there. In a good way, and that the majority of people who ‘steal’ it wouldn’t buy it any way, but instead they make it popular by telling… Read more »

    deleted_user
    Member

    I was watching mun2 and Calle 13 (?) said they like piracy because their music has spread worldwide.

    purple banana
    Member

    @dieAntagonista:

    I totally feel you on this one. I couldn’t afford much expensive software even if the economy didn’t suck. That’s why I went with a free program, Gimp. I don’t use it for serious business, but it’s effective, and because of that, I made a DONATION. Because Gimp is something I use frequently, so I give small, frequent donations. I also spread the word to several other friends, who also use Gimp, and donate once in a while.

    dogsurfer
    Member

    The internet has introduced a paradigm shift to the traditional profit model for digital content. Excessive profits and budgets may diminish. But profit can still be achieved in a multitude of ways. Shakespeare was commissioned by noblemen. Musicians have concerts. Actors have theater. Open source has contributors. Just like everyone else, if the return is not worth the effort, find something else that is.

    RSIxidor
    Member

    @MonkeyHitman:

    The difference: At some point, the fries run out, and you have to buy more. Why do you think software companies are implementing DRM? So that the fries can run out, where they never would have run out before.

    It is theft, whether or not any of us like that its theft (And I have committed it).

    Do you realize a part of the reason software has gotten so expensive? Yup. Piracy. They can’t make money off all the pirates, so they have to make their money on the people that actually buy the product at a higher percentage.

    NotMe
    Member

    Microsoft prefer people who copy windows than people who go over the free alternative. Just like how adobe prefer to have you copy Photoshop than use Gimp.
    Without “piracy” big companies would most likely lose their “standard”. Without piracy, people wouldn’t go spend $400 on MS office. They would go download open office… With time, open office would become the standard and MS would lose..and they don’t want that.

    vygramul
    Member

    I’ll take this as blanket permission to duplicate MCS completely.

    Phyreblade
    Member

    ROFL… Love this pic… I need me a peg leg, an eye patch and cutlass… Then it’s time to get me some booty… 😀



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