fredag den 4. marts 2011
Piracy. Theft or sharing?
Everyone knows that piracy is illegal due to the copyright law, stating that the creator/owner of a certain product owns all rights of it. Fair enough.
There's some things about how the media talk about digital piracy that I really don't like. Everyone knows that digital piracy is happening and that it's practically impossible to stop.
A very well-known phrase used by the media is "Piracy is theft". I wouldn't say so, piracy isn't theft.
The creater of the game "Minecraft" recently gave a very good explanation of this:
“If you steal a car, the original is lost. If you copy a game, there are simply more of them in the world.” - Notch
I agree in every way of this. Another well-known "fact" is that a pirated copy of something is equal to a lost sale, also wrong (in my opinion). That would be the exact same as saying that a bad review or a missed shipment is a lost sale. Most of the people who pirates digital content wouldn't have bought the product anyway, digital piracy has sometimes proven that a "sneak peak" of the product could lead to buying is afterwards.
What I want to say with all this, is that I think we should try to focus on the positive sides of piracy for a bit. It has more or less become a fact that we can't stop piracy, no matter how much we might try. Then why not try to take advantage of it instead? Use the common piracy techniques (like torrents etc. etc.) for legal use too. Take advantage of these systems. Begin to make more open source products with donation opportunities. Make products cheaper, and don't use a ton of money on copy protection. Minecraft is a very good example, only about 30% has bought the game, and the owner, "Notch", is more than happy since he's made millions and millions.