hawkn wrote:I wouldn't say piracy is a lack of moral code. Most people are struggling in this economy, and while they can afford minor luxuries like TV, and internet (though in today's age, that's a mandatory thing. I can't participate in school without it), paying upwards of $60 just for one game can be... a bit much.
It's like saying you should pay $200 for an entire series of anime or whatever show it is you're into, when there's a lot of better things that money could go towards.
The concept is "If you don't have the money, go without". However with digital distribution, you can have the show and save the money without hurting the company 1 red cent. (You're not helping them either, so keep that in mind).
A friend argued with me about piracy and his point was "If you put hundreds of hours of hard work into a video game, how would you feel if someone pirated it instead of buying it?!" And my response was, "If I'm going into this industry, I should hope to expect it."
Piracy is a part of life, and it has been before ships sailed to the new world. The difference is this:
1750's pirate steals 15 tons of Mink fur and freely distributes or distributes at their price. The victim loses 15 tons of Mink fur.
2010 pirate steals a song from bittorrent and listens to it freely. The victim loses 1 song
; oops, since the song is replicated, the victim loses nothing.
Theft is defined as taking possession of another's property without permission.
When you steal someone's car, you have literally stolen a car.
When you eat someone's lunch, they are literally out a lunch.
When you copy a song and play your copy, they are literally out a son.... wait... No... They still have it... What, again, did you steal?
That's like cloning someone's sheep and eating the clone; are they going to say that you "stole" their sheep, even though it's bleating in their pasture? Possibly the stem-cells it wasn't going to use anyway were taken, but it's not like the sheep traumatized or even notices.
This is where the problem comes in. How do you define theft in a digital atmosphere? You can't even say you've stolen intellectual property as they still have their IP and you are not claiming rights to it. About as far as it gets is "stealing" the license to use the software; a digital sheet of paper that costs about $0.000001 cents to produce yet sold at $60. That's an exorbinate mark-up when you look at things in those terms.
Notch has stated that "the model used is outdated", it must be reformed toward use in the digital environment and made JUST FOR ALL (read: impossible) for it to be effective.
Unrelated, how's that rack of lamb?
Making a to-do list is on my to-do list.