Note: This section is still under construction.
I see a lot of comments on websites justifying piracy and attacking copyright. Personally, I believe piracy will make the world a worse place by undermining the economics that support the creation of new works. This section explains the economics of digital media creation, why piracy is bad, and why the justifications for piracy fall short. I thought it would be useful to have counter-arguments to pirate claims in one place, instead of recreating them each time in response to each pirate. It’s also important to show that their arguments have been countered.
I realize that many people won’t like me for writing this. I’ve gotten attacked or called an RIAA shill quite a few times for arguing that piracy is wrong and destructive.
Why Copyright Should Exist: The Economics of Digital Media Creation
Index of Pro-Piracy Claims
Piracy is what happens on the sea with ships. Copyright infringement isn’t “Piracy”.
Piracy isn’t theft. It’s like a big, magic store where you can get copies, but never remove the original
Piracy isn’t theft. Theft removes the original. Piracy copies it. (image)
Copying is not Theft [Nina Paley Video]
You can’t prove a pirate would’ve paid, so you can’t count piracy as a loss of income / Not every act of piracy is a lost sale
Piracy is Sharing [Richard Stallman]
Computers are designed to Copy
Information wants to be free
Copyright is Censorship
Everything is a copy/derivative of something else
Piracy is just like a library
Piracy is just like borrowing from a friend. That’s not illegal. Therefore, piracy shouldn’t be either.
Piracy is like not-buying. Not buying is legal, therefore piracy should be, too.
Piracy is like competition: both can drive you out of business; piracy should be legal, just like competition.
Piracy is just like buying a competitor’s product (you don’t get a sale either way); piracy should be legal, just like buying a competitors product is legal.
Copyright is too long
Copyright is unnatural
Creators should just be happy that people want to pirate their work
Copyright was created so England could enforce censorship
Copyright means a creator gets paid over and over for the same work