Some of us think the gangsters behaviour actually justifies piracy. Most of us don’t agree that those two wrongs add up to a right, but I can tell you this: if you make the technologists choose between the big-media gangsters and the content pirates, effectively all of us will side with the content pirates as the lesser of the two evils. Because maybe both sides are stealing on a vast scale, but only one of them doesn’t want to screw with our Internet or cripple our computers.
I had a really long debate with a co-worker yesterday about piracy. I fully admitted he was right, I am breaking the law, but he also admitted that since the laws are now created by the lobbyists, it’s not really laws for the people. Politicians freely admit they know nothing about the laws being passed. Big business treats their customers like criminals and then wonder why people continue to rebel. It’s human nature to refuse to be controlled. I spend money on house music, because DJs put out sets for free, to get the music out there, so you can enjoy it and buy it. I don’t care that I have to pay $1.50 or $2.50 for a track instead of 99 cents. What’s a couple of dollars for hours of enjoyment? The “Industry” forgot how music started. You listened to it first. You didn’t get it crammed down your throat by radio and tv. Those DJs don’t deserve the title anymore, they’re just a different form of lobbying, it’s still just about the dollar. I don’t think that’s the true definition of capitalism. The very fact there is an RIAA means they are no longer competing for your money, they are simply taking it. Profits go up and up and up, for the executives, not the artists, but still piracy is the problem? That’s why Trent Reznor made so much giving his album away for free. Radiohead? If the power, if the decision making, is no longer in the hands of the people, it’s not a free market. At that point the only sane decision, although technically wrong, is anarchy. Which isn’t that radical, it’s just ignoring authority. Directed at a single target, anarchy is the tea party… the original tea party. I’m not even American but I totally love the original ideals of the men who created a new country with the belief that a government that does nothing for the people deserves nothing from the people. Big business is the government now. America became its parents. This is becoming a rant. My point was that I’m happy to pay money, often times more than requested, to artists that give me the choice. People like choice. They like the idea of free will. It’s not about stealing, it’s not that stealing is easier, that’s such a narrow minded view of humanity. If you treat people with respect, if you trust them and give them responsibility, they will surprise you again and again with their charity and good will. You treat people like the enemy, and you deserve to be destroyed.