Musings on piracy
Once again a short rant (not a proper post) I posted on Steam that describes my thoughts on piracy.
Post also copied below.
Most people pirate because they don’t have the spare money.
In my life, I’ve only ever pirated when I had no income. When I have a job I buy everything (and anything!).
This fact is not mentioned much in the “stats” which take the emotion and humanity out of our actions.
People need to realise that if people enjoy something, they become fans, fans support producers. If people can’t pay, they share (tell a friend, give them a copy). And the process repeats.
Piracy may sound bad, but the truth is it helps many things get well known.
I won’t mention paid for piracy or hard core pirates who have incomes but refuse to pay for things (unless its music / movies, RIAA / MPAA can fuck right off), those people don’t factor into my above logic and should be treated as a separate issue.