|Originally posted by Kysora |
^^^ It's things like that which make me scratch my head whenever I see people like Raphie bash piracy as a universally evil, criminal activity that directly hurts the poor companies trying to sell their shit.
Nobody really considers the fact that the alternative, which is paying money for these products, is putting money in the pockets of companies which are blatantly ripping people off, and couldn't give a shit about the consumer. So why should I care about them?
I could pay $60 for a game from EA and wait a week for it to ship (or go to the store to pick it up). Once I get it, I can install it on three computers, before the DRM protection in the CD basically renders it useless, and I can no longer use the product I PAID for, in the way it's intended to be used. After going through advertisements, bypassing the toolbars it tries to install on my computer, I can finally play the game, but only if I'm logged into the internet at all times, even if I'm playing single-player. If I disconnect, for any reason, the game will shut off and I'll lose anything I didn't save.
Or, I could download the fucking thing for free, within an hour or two, install it quickly on as many systems as I want, and play it without having to be connected to the internet. But doing so labels me a "criminal" in the eyes of people who would rather side with companies who don't give a fuck about customers who pay for their products.
Noooo do not go down that shitroad again. Only if you are Chinese and live in China you'd be mildly right since they hardly have any copyright and intellectual property laws. Just about any other country has sane copyright laws that make what you do illegal and enough do to some hard time in jail.
This topic was all about the implications overall on the freedom of speech and copyright of sopa and pipa.
And for your case, specifically, Kysora, nothing would really change other than you might have to look a bit harder for your downloads.
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