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Online piracy 4 Ways In Which Internet Piracy Can Be a Good Thing [Opinion] 4 Ways In Which Internet Piracy Can Be a Good Thing [Opinion] Back in January, users of the Internet were faced with an interesting phenomenon - the SOPA/PIPA blackout. When American legislators introduced a bill that would give unprecedented power to the government over the Internet, consumers... Read More is still a big deal. For the people who do it, for the companies and content creators trying to stop it, and for the authorities expected to police the Internet. But is it something you personally partake in? And if so, how often do you do so? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Keep YouTube Free!

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube?

Out of a total of 216 votes, 49.5% chose “No, YouTube should remain free,28.7% chose “No, I already block ads anyway,16.7% chose “Yes, up to $10-per-month,0.5% chose “Yes, up to $20-per-month,4.6% chose “Other,” and 0% asked, “What is YouTube?!

This means that a total of 78.2 percent of our readers are not willing to pay for YouTube in any way, shape, or form. Either because they believe it should remain as a free online resource, or because they already block ads It's About Ethics in Stealing Games Journalism: Why AdBlock Needs to Die It's About Ethics in Stealing Games Journalism: Why AdBlock Needs to Die A simple, free browser plugin killed Joystiq – and is ruining the Internet. Read More anyway and therefore see no need to pay for the privilege.

However, 17.2 percent of our readers are willing to pay for YouTube, and if that percentage held firm for everybody who watches YouTube, Google would make a rather tidy profit. We doubt that would be the case though, so we await more news about the company’s plans to make YouTube pay Read Early Apple Watch Reviews, Pay for Ad-Free YouTube, & More... [Tech News Digest] Read Early Apple Watch Reviews, Pay for Ad-Free YouTube, & More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Watch reviews, ad-free YouTube, Microsoft teases Redstone, Facebook Messenger on the Web, Popcorn Time on iOS, and The Legend of Zelda gets a Game of Thrones makeover. Read More in the months ahead.


Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Xoandre Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube? [MakeUseOf Poll] Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube? [MakeUseOf Poll] There may soon be another way of enjoying YouTube without screwing over content creators by installing an evil ad-blocker. Paid YouTube subscriptions are on the way, but will you pay? Read More , Robert O Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube? [MakeUseOf Poll] Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube? [MakeUseOf Poll] There may soon be another way of enjoying YouTube without screwing over content creators by installing an evil ad-blocker. Paid YouTube subscriptions are on the way, but will you pay? Read More , and BrendaP Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube? [MakeUseOf Poll] Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube? [MakeUseOf Poll] There may soon be another way of enjoying YouTube without screwing over content creators by installing an evil ad-blocker. Paid YouTube subscriptions are on the way, but will you pay? Read More . Comment Of The Week goes to Simon, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube? [MakeUseOf Poll] Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube? [MakeUseOf Poll] There may soon be another way of enjoying YouTube without screwing over content creators by installing an evil ad-blocker. Paid YouTube subscriptions are on the way, but will you pay? Read More :

If I like something someone has created on Youtube, I might well like whatever else they create, too. By helping them get paid, I encourage them to create more and show my appreciation for what they’ve already created. The thing to remember is that ‘free content’ isn’t actually free — it cost the creator time to come up with and edit and it costs Youtube money to run the servers and deliver the bandwidth.

I like Youtube and a good deal of the content I find out there. I don’t mind dropping money into the bin to keep the show going. I don’t even mind others watching the stuff for free, not all of us have excess to donate from and if my paying money helps others with less cash to enjoy the show, that’s all good as far as I am concerned.

We chose this comment because it adopts a common sense approach to the whole issue. This reader is fine with others enjoying online content for free, but recognizes that in order for them to keep producing the kind of content he enjoys, those who can afford to pay should try to do so. Bravo.

Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Avast, Me Hearties!

Despite continued efforts by the various industries involved to crack down on online piracy What Motivates People to Record and Upload Pirated Movies and Music? What Motivates People to Record and Upload Pirated Movies and Music? What do release group members get out of uploading the latest episode of Game of Thrones? We talked to a few and found out. Read More , the practice is still alive and well. Why is this? Is it all about saving money? Or is it more about the way content is released at different times and in different ways around the world?

These are all questions you should feel free to answer in the comments section below. But first, please vote in the Poll, telling us how often you pirate copyrighted content. That being anything you don’t have permission to download without paying for first.

Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. What content do you pirate? How do you justify pirating copyrighted content? Is it all about saving money? Or is it more about the lack of availability?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. In other words, voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.

The best Comment of the Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week when we’ll have a new question awaiting your input.

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  1. babyboomer
    May 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Years ago vcrs were declared legal because the courts considered them as "time shifters". You recorded copyrighted material (maybe you were at work) and then watched when you got home. When watching YouTube, is it illegal to record content, copyrighted or not, to watch later? If so, how can Realplayer allow downloading almost everything? For that matter, how can YouTube be allowed to put music, videos, tv programs, etc for the world to see, and-or download? Wondering what is actually illegal or just unethical.

  2. Lynne McCurdy
    April 23, 2015 at 6:52 am

    I pirate movies mainly because I can't afford theater prices. I don't share them; if I really like a movie I've torrented, I buy the dvd, when prices drop. So, if anything, my piracy may spur sales.

    I download music. Some, I already bought, and am replacing. (I lost hundreds of lp's, and cassettes in a house fire.) Some is old, obscure, etc.

    I download tv shows I can't get on hulu, occasionally.

    I torrent ebooks. Often, to try the 1st book in a series. Then, if I like it, I purchase the rest of the series. Sometimes I download books that I can't find to purchase. I've also downloaded books to replace ones lost in the fire. (lost approximately 3000 books )

    All in all, I've made purchases based on what I've previously torrented fairly consistently.

  3. A41202813GMAIL
    April 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    There Is A Saying In The NAVY:

    Do Not Ask, Do Not Tell.

  4. dragonmouth
    April 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Like Jimbo, I don't see anything worth "pirating."

    If MPAA and RIAA define "piracy" as theft, the members of those two fine organizations ought to look in the mirror. They have deprived (stolen) more money from artists than the "pirates" ever will. If "piracy" stopped today, very little of that money would make its way to those that create the IP.

  5. Gavin
    April 21, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Only When Absolutely Necessary

    I spend most of my free time playing free online games and watching free content on YouTube, so I really don't have time to watch/listen to pirated media. When I find a movie or series I'd like to watch, I download it. Usually it's never the latest, at least a year old. My net connection is extremely slow, which is another reason why it's only when necessary.

  6. Evan
    April 21, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I have difficulty answering this question (I'm guessing it's once a month) because I still can't figure out what counts as piracy. If I listen to some random music on Youtube, how do I know what the legal status of it is? What if I torrent an old TV show that is so obscure, that I can't find it anywhere else? What about downloading a slightly different version of something that I already own, such as the arcade version of a game that I have the console version of? None of these result in lost sales. I am not going to buy an arcade machine. Can someone clarify exactly what piracy is?

    • dragonmouth
      April 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      "Can someone clarify exactly what piracy is?"
      Piracy is anything that the IP rights owners define it to be. If you have the gall to convert an e-book you bought from Amazon to a different format so that Amazon will no longer be able to delete it from your e-reader, that is considered "piracy."

    • Evan
      April 21, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Maybe that is partly why there is so much piracy. How can we take the rules about intellectual property seriously when they are so broadly defined and so confusing?

  7. Jimbo
    April 21, 2015 at 5:15 am

    I've never seen anything worth stealing. Not a gamer. Movies, music and TV are crap. Comics? Not since I was 12. Have Netflix, Prime and Cable but probably watch less then an hour a day. Life is too short to be a passive consumer of dreck.

  8. dw817
    April 21, 2015 at 2:18 am

    I think many people know the answer to this. I rarely pirate for myself, it's my friends that want this or the other. And I consider myself quite adept at finding anything and everything their little heart desires.

    And that does include Freeware - I recently found out that there is a completely free Blu-Ray media player that supports all the menus. And I went through a ton of Shareware and Trialware to find - well - theirs just doesn't work, or they lied outright so they could get installed, or it installs a ton of malware on my computer with no uninstallers - and THAT is from the company trying to make a profit from honest people ??

    As for myself, I write software and only sold it when I was 12-years old. After that I realized my code will get far greater press if I make it 100% Freeware, no strings attached, and I code stuff that is impossible to find today. And I never felt better and never looked back.

    Same thing with the music I've written, books I've published online, and art I've drawn and sketched. It's all free for everyone.

    Produce FREEWARE and you will never be a victim of piracy.

  9. Lucia
    April 20, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    I don' pirate because I respect those who create valuable content. There is a lot of work behind that, and the least I can do is show appreciation for it. Piracy is stealing, and I hate stealing. And NO, I don't hate thieves, I just don't like what they do.

  10. John
    April 20, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Once a week: Intellectual Property is a legal construct only and philosophically isn't real so I have no moral issues with piracy.

    Sometimes it's a fuzzy border; for example: I pay for Amazon Prime and my wife and I started watching Stargate SG1. After one episode I realized "WTF? Why am I streaming when I could just download it at blueray quality?". So I downloaded all 10 seasons. Pirated content? Yes, but I also had the right to watch it through amazon and low-def, so fuzzy ground but I recognize that it was still totally illegal.

    Music: I don't like streaming services as I like to manage my own collections. So I pirate all kinds of music that I want as background music but don't care to pay for. My single "do I pay or not pay" factor is this: Do I want this artist to produce more content? If yes, then I try to pay them by buying an album, go to concert, buy gear, ... If "no", then I pirate the couple good singles they have and call it done. I want to also note that I pay $10/month for a single fan club of my favorite artist because I want him to produce enough content to fill a van and am willing to pay for it. I recognize that other people pay $10/month for streaming services and unlimited music and I'm paying the same for something very narrow, but money transactions are what the market is based on, so I try to spend my money on things I want more of.

    Movies: Pirate & Amazon Prime. Occasionally I find a movie good enough that I would give them money (see my music factor). Usually all I want from a movie is 1.5 hours of time wasting entertainment, of which if I had to pay for it, then I wouldn't watch it and would just go to sleep. Most movies aren't financially more than the alternatives: go to sleep, or read a book/comic, or play video game. Obviously, this is my opinion and I recognize that many people value movies much more highly, which is great. I put comics (pirated) and games (paid) as the alternatives so this is not snooty "I don't watch movies" bit FYI.

    Books: I rarely pirate a book. A) it's harder, so I could waste time trying to find it online, or just buy it for cheap. B) If I'm going to devote 10-100+ hours to read a book, I do the research to already know it is going to be worth my time and money.

    Comics: 95% pirated. The 5% that isn't I've purchased in graphic novels, but even now I'm looking at getting rid of those and just storing the digital versions. I have 2 kids now. Space is limited and most likely they will ruin my comics anyways so why bother having nice versions? ;-)

    Software: Depends. Due to Steam, I haven't pirated a game in years. Steam has done to me what netflix has done to movies and spotify has done to music. The only reason Netflix/Spotify haven't hit me yet is I don't like to stream music and movies aren't worth the money (see above). I own Windows, but have a non-licensed version of Office (which I rarely use, thank you google docs. Actually, Office might be the only pirated piece of software on my machine now. Same factor applies to software as music: "Do I want this company to upgrade and produce software?"

  11. Aquariuzz
    April 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I used to Pirate everything. Movies, Games, Software, Books, Comics, etc...

    But now, content is so easy to get online for cheap enough. Netflix is easy to use and has movies I would never have heard of otherwise. Music is easy enough to stream and organize playlists of songs I like. Amazon has a cheap book deal for my Kindle. Being a PS+ member means I get some really crappy games for free. I just don't feel the need to pirate stuff like I used to.

  12. M. Imaduddin Sawal
    April 20, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Ironically, the results just came out as I expected, most of your readers are piraters, and your site should be taken down.

    Haha, kidding. Really, I also clicked on the same option. ( Pirate all day i.e. )

    But really, what's the reason. Let's look at a basic commonality between all of the people who voted.
    1. Most of them are techies and geeks.
    2. Most of them are young. ( At least the avg. age on earth is 24 years )

    I, personally, am a 15 year old from Karachi, Pakistan.

    I am not proud to mention, but here in Pakistan the official retailers for most of the software are not present, even if they are the price almost doubles due to the travel cost.

    Similarly, the books. Eh, most of them are not available and the price sky rockets if I order them due to the delivery cost. Why not download them through torrent ?

    Lastly, like most of the readers I am a student and ( currently ) do not earn. Till I do not earn, I'll pirate. And once I start earning .... either it will become a habit, or I'll repay the authors, directors then.

    Also, by the rate the population and inflation is increasing, I don't think there's a very large amount that producers loose in their profit as compared to the previous years.

    P.S. I don't hope this post is in partnership with the NSA, cause if it is .... :P

  13. Bob
    April 20, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    We have a Netfix account, an Amazon Prime account, buy some CD's and digital tracks, and I pay for the software I use. That said, I pirate a some music, often for unusual and obscure stuff. Once a month I also grab one the weekly top 40 collections for the UK and Netherlands. Why? I don't listen to commercial radio, don't have time to sift through the dreck, and the Euro top 40 has a much different sensibility than the US which appeals to me.

  14. Aquariuzz
    April 20, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I used to Pirate everything. Movies, Games, Software, Books, Comics, etc...

    But now, content is so easy to get online for cheap enough. Netflix is easy to use and has movies I would never have heard of otherwise. Music is easy enough to stream and organize playlists of songs I like. Amazon has a cheap book deal for my Kindle. Being a PS+ member means I get some really crappy games for free. I just don't feel the need to pirate stuff like I used to.

  15. Darshan Thakker
    April 20, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Not at all Honestly, me and my company never copy the content for become more SEO-friendly.

  16. Allan
    April 20, 2015 at 9:42 am

    If a musician has spent years honing their craft, writing and recording songs, why do people think it is their right to effectively steal the product. You wouldn't walk into a store and just help yourself, well some might.

    The trouble is the record companies turned music into a product, a commodity, to make as much money as possible, and now generations have grown up with this notion that they are consumers of music, they feel it is their right to consume at the free buffet.

    • likefunbuntot
      April 20, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Except in very rare circumstances, popular musicians are given an advance to make a recording and then they work to pay off the advance. There isn't necessarily a direct correlation between music sales and musician income. As I understand things, the biggest money for popular musicians comes from touring rather than recordings.

      Also, most of the truly skilled and talented working musicians are either fairly anonymous session players, teachers or performers working in musical styles that don't support wide wealth generation, as is often the case with Jazz or Classical music. For a wide variety of reasons, you're better off supporting those people by attending live performances or purchasing music directly from the artist than you are by buying a single track off someone's album from some media conglomerate's web store.

  17. Dan
    April 20, 2015 at 7:27 am

    All day, every day. Because I can. I've been downloading since the days of dial-up using IRC, FTPs, and later on Napster. When I got my first cable internet in 2001, I have always viewed unused bandwidth as wasted. So I fill up every byte of BW with downloads and uploads. I download even when I don't need to. I download anything even remotely interesting, then just delete it later if I don't plan on listening/watching it immediately. I download because I can.

    Because I can.

  18. Ray
    April 20, 2015 at 5:07 am

    I pirate anything older than 28 years because that was the original copyright duration, and any expansions since were unconstitutional as not for the advancement of art, science, etc but for private interests.

    Although I comply to that degree to be cooperative, I view intellectual property as an untested, unscientific idea that increasingly looks like a total failure. The benefits of regarding all information as being in the public domain have become huge, and intellectual property laws are basically unenforceable. The end result is to make particularly cooperative people like me fund greedy idea hoarders and free riding pirates. The system will inevitably fail, and I think it will eventually be replaced by some sort of crowd funding scheme that will be far better for everyone.

  19. BadJasper
    April 20, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Yes, I have pirated. But, I have a legit reason for doing so and the publishers of the software have been paid for their software in the end. I have two prime examples...

    1) I am a Software Engineer. I am also self taught. I could never afford the software to learn how to program so, I got pirated copies. I learned what I needed to know to get a career and once I started making money, I purchased the full versions. I now pay for an MSDN account and all my development software is full and legit. I have now purchased 6 figures worth of software over the last 30 years. These days it is much easier to learn how to develop with free resources that are available but, in the 80's, that was not the case. The publisher may have lost a few hundred dollars many years ago but, have made thousands off me since.

    2) Games! Games are expensive. Price does not determine a good game though. My example: A few years back, Star Wars - Empire at War came out. I got a 1 level demo in my PC-Gamer mag and I played it. However, one level is not a very good assessment of how good a game is. I went ahead and grabbed a pirated copy. I played it for a few days and decided that I liked it. I therefore went and purchased the full version (49.95) and the Expansion (Another 29.95) then removed the pirated copy. In all actuality, the publisher lost no money from me using the prated copy because I was able to fully assess the game and then bought it with the expansion. If I didn't like the game then, I would have removed it anyway because why keep a game you don't like and wouldn't be willing to purchase?

    So, I guess you could say I am a "White-Hat" pirate. I will purchase the software if it is good but, I won't blindly drop down 100's of dollars on something that could turn out to be a POS. I think if everyone was like that, the software companies would make their money but, they would be forced to put out quality software in the first place because, they can hype it all they want but, if it's crap, people won't buy it because they already know what it is like.

  20. Sam Park
    April 19, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Does downloading a YouTube video of copyrighted content count as pirating, even though the content is on YouTube for all to see? Certain TV shows that are either very hard to find can easily be found on YouTube, and since they are already there...

  21. A user
    April 19, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I use Netflix because it's easier and more convenient to watch house of Cards, orange is the new black, daredevil, etc there than to torrent them. But I live in México and there are other things u can get here or who are not very convenient to watch in its current presentation (I am not paying for cable)
    Make your content easier to consume than pirate content and also accessible worldwide, and me and everybody else in the world will pay for it.

  22. bob
    April 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    have pirated everything I can,music,books,movies,software,games,and more,,long live p2p and torrents

  23. Anonymous
    April 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I only pirate when I'm unsure about a game or it doesn't offer a trial if it's good I buy it or I use a streaming service spotify Hulu etc

  24. Ted
    April 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I pirate pc video games , hbo series , various music albums and lots of ebooks.

    Due to the same reason I never say no to free drinks or free food ...
    |>> Why say no to free things? <<|

  25. Piracyisaserviceissue
    April 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I vote Other,

    I tend to pirate only when I feel that product is ridiculously overpriced for what it is (i.e. paying 1-2 euros for an .mp3 song) or when it's easier to pirate than get a legit version.

    Been a while since I pirated video games or software in general (completely moved to linux so it's kinda hard to find paid software to begin with). S potify replaces majority of my music piracy so music is gone as well. Now the things I still pirate are mostly books, aside from few exceptions it's really hard to pay 50 euros for an ebook, especially knowing that the creators of the book quite often get only a margin of the sales (same thing for music) so I rather pirate and donate or promote the product if it's any good.

  26. Anonymous
    April 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I live in Switzerland, where downloading music, books and movies/tv-series is legal (only uploading is illegal).

    I prefer to watch shows and movies in English. Most shows are only available in German/French/Italian here, and they are usually released much later than in the US.

    US sites block access to their content from outside the US and Canada, so I just torrent them.

  27. likefunbutnot
    April 19, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I pirate. The money I don't spend on a cable tv subscription ensures that I can support independent podcasters, artists and musicians who need it to create things I appreciate more than making sure that the CEO of Viacom can make a boat payment.

  28. Paul Benjamin
    April 19, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    It is funny how this week poll follows last week, because the only things I pirate are streaming on YouTube. Honest, I only use Bit-Torrent for Linux distros.

    April 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Firstly I would like to list few practical reasons why you should not pirate copyright content.
    1. Legally brought software/media/games gives you stability as if you have downloaded a pirated software, chances are your software will become unusable when next update is applied to it.

    2. It saves a lot of storage space. When you buy a boxed copy or digital download of a piece of software, you’re not only forking over dough you’re paying so that you’ll never have to worry about obtaining another copy of your software again.
    Boxed software can be stored on a shelf, you’ll be allowed to download a copy of any previously purchased software from an online vendor like Steam, Direct2Drive or Microsoft time and time again.
    Recently started a "The DRM-free initiative" which allows owners of several retail titles originally sold with DRM to get a digital copy of their game completely free at with no DRM as always, compatible with modern operating systems, and with plenty of goodies to boot.
    For starters you can reclaim your CD-Key of Boxed version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

    3. Updates are free. It saves your time to wait for pirated updated version.

    4. With today’s technologies, it’s getting harder and harder to authenticate pirated software with the publishing house servers.
    Remember the recent videogame "The Talos Principle" ? It has a funny and clever way to punish pirates. It locks the players in an elevator and have them stay there.

    5. Pirated software are an awesome delivery system for viruses and malware.
    In a mess of software blackhat hacker and scriptkiddie will simply label their wares something tempting like ‘Microsoft Office 360’ or ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ and watch unwary pirates do what they do.

    6. Legally brought software provides free tech support.
    If you’re rocking pirated software, you can still ask for help online from other users through any number of forums, but beyond that you’ll be out of luck.

    7. If you brought it then you have not to worry about legal issues.
    It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking video, audio, or software (or audio/video software for that matter,) piracy can land you in a whole lot of hot water.
    In 1998, the United States passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act - a piece of legislation that makes it illegal to circumvent DRM measures put in place by content creators and publishers.
    To keep things more or less on the same page, the European Union passed a similar set of laws in 2001.
    Despite changes made to the American DMCA last year to legitimize the ripping of CDs, DVDs and other select forms of digital media for personal use, make no mistake, big business is still deadly serious about suing to protect their investments.
    Don’t drop a ton of coin on your legal defence: just pay for what you play instead.

    8. Piracy is killing PC Gaming (Sorry Gordon.)
    Few months before, word came down from the DRM-loving scamps at Ubisoft that one of their most anticipated titles won’t be released for PC due to—you guessed it—piracy concerns.
    Looking at the numbers, you have to admit, those fears are well founded.

    When 2D Boy’s World of Goo was released for the PC sans DRM, the developers noted that as reward for trusting gamers not to pirate their creation, they were suffering a 90% piracy rate.
    Then there’s Crysis: A title pirated to such epic proportions that the game’s development, which was at one time devoted solely to developing for the PC, was forced to swear off PC-only development if it wanted to stand a chance of securing anything resembling fiscal sustainability.

    If you’re tired of crappy console-to-PC ports, Xbox 360 or PS3 exclusives titles and long for the days when PC Gaming reigned supreme, stop pirating and start buying.
    It’s still not too late to turn things around.

    9. Piracy leads to slows R&D efforts.
    No matter how you spin it, for the most part, software development is a business like any other.
    When a developer’s product flies off of store shelves or is downloaded through legitimate channels, developers and publishers are motivated to cultivate improvements to their wares, be it in the form of additional content or service packs or an entirely new edition of a popular application.
    Conversely, more piracy means less money for developers and publishers.
    This translates into less motivation to produce add-ons, patches or hot-fixes for existing titles, and in some cases, as too few people are buying what they’re selling, there's no money in the pipe to be used for future development efforts.

    10. If you are pirating then you’re screwing developers.
    Perhaps out of all of our legitimate reasons not to pirate, the fact that you’re screwing hard working developers over every time you download a pirated ware is the most important.
    When it comes to software, most titles represent months, if not years of someone’s daily work.
    If you’ve opted to swipe a copy of an indie house gem, you’re benefitting from the passions of perhaps a few individuals without paying them a reasonable dollar value for the the hours and hours of their personal time poured into their product.
    If enough people illegally download software from large publishing houses like EA or Ubisoft or Microsoft, the dollar value of the revenue lost to pirating is often compensated for by initiating lay-offs of the development teams that worked hard enough to make something awesome enough to steal in the first place.
    With tough economic times quickly becoming the norm, rather than the exception, it’s easy to justify the theft of intellectual property, but screwing over your fellow geeks in the name of saving a few bucks? That’s harsh.

    That were things why one should not do piracy!
    But I am a pirate.
    Because Piracy is the only cheapest way to get the games/media I want.
    I do buy things now and again though, Steam sales mean I buy games that otherwise, I'd have pirated.
    I always buy and giveaway things I buy from Humble Bundle. It's the way I do charity.
    iTunes isn't an appealing service to me. All music I listen to it Pirated.

    I do however, have a Code of Honour which is

    All games from big companies = Pirated unless cheap. Also Repacked Games are much smaller than the Official Legal version.
    Like Outlast(2.8 GB)+Outlast: Whistelblower DLC(1.9 GB) where as it's Repacked version has just 2.79GB.

    Indie titles= If I see an indie title I like, I will investigate and perhaps make a purchase.
    I genuinely feel bad pirating Indie games.

    Music = I do buy some albums, but I can't afford all the ones I want and generally, I cannot afford to go to a concert to see bands like Maiden due to the high prices.

    Films = Movies on Digital/BluRay Media is pricy and huge. Instead I can find Bluray RIPs which are coded in HEVC 265x and have quality with less size. It saves my time to re-encode.

    Software = Few software are not worth of their price and few of them are so expensive that they may cost you an arm and leg.

    In conclusion, I can't consume this media legally. So, inevitably, I will pirate.
    Also few of the points above are pirated. ;)
    Right now I am downloading the whole Daredevil Season 1 which was Netflix exclusive!

  30. eric jay
    April 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Pirating unavailable content (tv shows). Tsk tsk guilty. Haha

  31. Matthew Hughes
    April 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm


    Why should I? What gives me the right to consume content without paying? Same reason why I get so pissed off when people use AdBlock.

    • mynsc
      April 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      The main reason for many "pirates" is content unavailability. For example TV Shows that air on most channels from the US can't be watched in Europe, or parts of Europe.

      And this happens for no good reason whatsoever, since there should not be such boundaries when we're talking about digital content.

      So pirating becomes the natural choice. And you'd be hard pressed to see it as something against the creators, since they're not losing any revenue. The creators should be pissed at the distribution companies and legislators for enforcing invisible walls that limit the reach of their creations.

    • Hildegerd
      April 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Exactly, munsc.

    • J R Tur Pineda
      April 20, 2015 at 11:20 am

      So, according to you, I should not use AdBlock? Really?
      Dont I have rights to decide?
      And what are you calling those f... big companies which sell laptops with region locked optical drives, just to put one example??

    • Matthew Hughes
      April 20, 2015 at 11:28 am

      @J R Tur Pineda: You're confusing someone having a deeply-held opinion on a subject with someone dictating what you have to do.

      @MySync I sympathize with you, but I think you're looking at the matter in an overly-simplified way. TV shows are often the product of multiple companies working in tandem, with the financing being provided by a number of sources who offer capital in exchange for the exclusive rights to broadcast a show in a certain jurisdiction. Without georestrictions and these exclusive deals, there simply wouldn't be many of the films and shows you love.

      To quote the Wu Tang Clan, C.R.E.A.M. Cash Rules Everything Around Me.

    • badc0de
      April 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      I use adblock because otherways my children would see hundreds of thousands of porn ads or would even be exposed to those "Your computer is infected" , "You've won a car", "Enlarge your penis" among other so popular scams. And I think nobody (except you) likes ads. Specially when the majority are not "clean" ads, but scams or x-rated stuff. If it pisses you off that people try to avoid such things (as if there were no enough commercials and ads everywhere, by the way) , then remain pissed off and don't hold your breath waiting for the majority of people to join your opinion.

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