Posted on June 12, 2011 by Jingles | No Comments
Piracy is like a natural disaster, there’s nothing you can do to stop a natural disaster you just have to deal with it and try to manage the risk. Trying to stop piracy is like trying to boil the ocean, it’s possible in theory but in reality it’s totally impractical and logistically impossible. Piracy is part of the digital age/economy like natural disasters are a part of nature and it’s not going to go away.
While I don’t think that piracy is good I don’t think it’s bad either, I would agree that it needs to be reduced but for different reasons. We are told, over and over and over again ad nausea that we should want to stop piracy because it costs millions and billions of dollars and costs jobs. While piracy does cost money and jobs it’s not as bad as it’s made out to be, the figures that are mentioned in studies are grossly over exaggerated. The real reasons we should want to reduce piracy is to improve computer security and to reduce crime.
After studying piracy for the last 4 months I have written an essay about it based on my own personal experiences (yes I used to be a pirate but have since reformed), my own ideas and information and studies I have found online. It’s called “Piracy in the digital age – An essay about piracy in the digital age. Is it really that bad?”
I want everyone to be able to read, share, discuss, debate my ideas which is why I have released my essay for free under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence.
If you would like to make a donation of $5 or more I’ll send you any future revisions. I’ll also send you a link to all of my resources (nearly 1.5 GB worth) I used in writing this essay, they include videos, PDF reports, A Guide to Internet Piracy from 2600 magazine and other bits and pieces.
Download: Piracy in the digital age (PDF, 474 KB)