Sharing Is NOT Piracy [Comic]

See, sharing != piracy.

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25 Responses to Sharing Is NOT Piracy [Comic]

  1. here's a fact, piracy isn't piracy, I don't know a single mother fucker who sails the open sea looking for caches of torrent files to rob from honest merchants. Call it what it is, duplication, oh wait that doesn't sound so bad, FUCK, I guess maybe the whole piracy definition is to make them all sound worse than they are, presumably because the entirety of the mainstream media at this point is just a bunch of money grubbing idiots who will do anything, including destroying the internet, to make a buck.

    • The real problem is money going to the wrong people. Whenever something is shared(pirated), it is the devs who take the hit, not the rich CEOs behind it. They decrease the money the devs make so they can make the same, and then they put measures into place to try and punish their own consumers. The system is messed up, money should be going to those who work on said material, not the ones who bought the rights to it.

      • it doesnt matter whether they lose out on potential profits or not, the CEOs still get even more money while their workforce is trimmed or takes pay cuts, be it less hours/pay/perks, etc.

  2. sharing is not piracy if you own the object.
    copying is piracy if you dont own the rights to the image, music, film or idea.
    sharing != copying.
    want to share that new cd with your friend? lend him it!
    oh wait you dont have the rights to do that either >_<

    • Piracy is the act of stealing ships on the sea, as such implies to substract another people goods, intimidate people and even kill them.

      When someone copy a book, software, music, etc…, isn't doing anything of the above, is just doing a copyright infringement, that is not the same as stealing, it is merely to violate an agreement.

      See the FBI banner in megaupload, they didn't acuse anybody of piracy, just of copyright infringment.

      • and you are wrong about piracy!

        'After the establishment of copyright law with the 1709 Statute of Anne in Britain, the term "piracy" has been used to refer to the unauthorized manufacturing and selling of works in copyright.'
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_piracy

        but correct about the definition of theft not being the same as copyright piracy.

        Sadly you are presenting a straw man argument for the denial of payment for goods or services. Copyright infringement is viewed as the same as stealing because you have refused to pay for a copy of the original goods.

        I do agree that the music and film industries are going about getting a solution to stop the vast majority of piracy the wrong way and they should be stopped from stifling the freedom or the internet in any way.

        • 'After the establishment of copyright law with the 1709 Statute of Anne in Britain, the term "piracy" has been used to refer to the unauthorized manufacturing and selling of works in copyright.'
          >> the unauthorized manufacturing and selling of works in copyright.'
          >>>selling of works in copyright.'

          last time i checked no one i know has paid for the material they torrent, therefore, it wasn't sold to them, therefore, not piracy

        • but the person allowing the copy in part or whole from their computer is manufacturing even if they are not charging so its piracy.

        • People can classify it all they want, at the end of the day the money is still taken out of someones paycheck.

        • Piracy is theft, whether in the days of sail or today, whether on land or water.

          So what is theft? If I steal something from you, you no longer posess it. If I copy something from you, you still have it. Arguments about "lost revenue" are pure assumption with little basis in reality.

          The point made by the earlier poster is correct, even if he's wrong about the minutea.

  3. The picture is stupid, but still it is somewhat correct. It is only considered piracy when someone distribute copyrighted materials without the consent of the owner for profit., thus; unauthorized sharing is only a misdemeanor. inb4 Whining, What we do is illegal and we are not entitled to do it, we do it because we feel like it, but still it does not justify the fascist actions carried by the RIAA, the MPAA, Viacom and Sony.

  4. i still dont understand why file sharing is any different than the cassette copies we used to make and share with our friends. there were no piracy issues brought up then with the lawsuits etc. why is it any different now?

  5. I don't know a single pirate that does not also buy content. I am sure they exist but the ones that never buy a damn movie/song are probably a insignificant minority. If anything, pirating is a major form of advertisement.

    The establishment of copyright law with the 1709 Statute of Anne in Britain does not apply to piracy because according to the legal OR English definition of a sale, torrenting is not selling anything. No transaction takes place, only information is shared.

    Sure someone can charge you 800 dollars for some painting but is it pirating to simply take a high definition picture of it and print it out at home? How about when one records a TV show or movie in the privacy of their own home? No one had a problem with copyright infringement when millions of dollars were supposedly lost when people were recording with VHS or DVD as the content "streamed" to their televisions or recording music as it came in over the radio. This is literally no different except the technology in which these copies are made is much improved.

    Look at what has happened with Japan's anti-piracy law. The music industry has plummeted since this outrageous anti-piracy law has taken effect. The law is literally devastating the very industry it was created to protect.

    The benefits of piracy are too many and the detriments of it too minute to seriously entertain any kind of enforced anti-piracy law. The entertainment would do themselves a service by using piracy instead of trying to quash it.

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