Piracy is Theft

First and foremost, I am against piracy in all its forms. It is wrong, it is illegal, it is theft. Plain and simple. This does not mean that I am supporting the entertainment industry, nothing could be farther from the truth.

 

SOPA and PIPA, what can I say about these two nasty pieces of potential legislature without going into a rant?  Well, not much other than the fact that it is an attack on creativity itself.

Let’s face it, the entertainment industry wants to be the gatekeepers of every kind of entertainment.  They don’t care if it’s independently created, they want a piece of it.  Whether it be a work of literature, music, or a short movie; they want a piece of it.

Years ago, artists needed companies such as the big Hollywood studios and the big record labels to get their work out to the masses.  Heck, they needed them to even create their art.  Today, artists don’t need that.  Movie editing can be done on the cheap with a simple home PC.  Same goes with music.  And with the growth of the Internet it has made the process of publishing independent content much easier and cheaper.

Piracy… let’s talk about piracy.  First and foremost, I’m going to say this… Piracy is theft!  There, I said it.  Piracy is theft!  You may not be taking a physical object (the idea that pirates often use to justify piracy) but if you go back to the literal definition of theft.  That definition is below…

“the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.”

Alright, so let’s adapt this idea of “theft” to digital piracy.  You are taking something that is property of someone else, though it may just be a copy, you are still taking something that belongs to someone else that you did not earn and you did not pay for.  That is theft, plain and simple!  You can’t escape the literal definition of theft.

I am against piracy in all its forms.  It is wrong, it is illegal, it is theft.  Plain and simple.  This does not mean that I am supporting the entertainment industry, nothing could be farther from the truth.  I support a free and open Internet where people can be able to create, distribute, and otherwise make the world we live in a better place.  But fighting big entertainment companies with piracy isn’t the answer and will never be the answer.