These poor bastards rely on the commercial success of their 'product' or 'art'....and if it is NOT a legitimate source then it is HURTING them, no matter what 'spin' you put on motive and morality
LOL I can really see the likes of Brad Pit hurting from someone downloading Fight club.
Heres a point. I NEVER downoad anything. To download a movie at the rip off rates that Telstra charge, it is actually CHEAPER for me to go to the video store and RENT a dvd on tuesday night for $1 or $2 than the cost of the download usage LOL.
In my opinion, piracy is a crime, but does not much hurt the big shots. By this I mean big actors, producers, gaming companies, Musicians, WHOEVER. The ones who are big are already rolling in filthy cash and anything they touch turns to gold. I never saw a news report saying "Bigtime (insert artist) goes broke due to piracy." BTW I in no way am advocating this as a reason to steal. But is is a primary reason people sniker when you say the rich are hurting... no one gives a shit about the rich Im sorry to say.
I actually think piracy DOES hurt the smaller producers of intellectual property. Independants, smaller artists - the like. These people rely on distribution to earn their bread. Strange thing is, its usually the small and indie artists that sell their product quite cheaply to make a modest profit.
I work for a major supermarket chain that rips off the customer something fierce. We actually have a huge amount of theft. The cost of thieves is cheaper than the cost of making prices more affordable (yes they steal essentials like baby nappies they cannot afford too) or the cost of employing an army of security guards. So simply this major retailler puts up prices to cover the cost, thus punishing honest shoppers for the crime of others.
Theft affects more than just the person you are stealing from.
So obviously theres two sides to the coin, piracy is a crime, and by definition is stealing. It hurts the rich little, it hurts other consumers, and it hurts the little programmer guys pulling 70 hour weeks whos wage will be restricted to cover the loss of profit by the company they work for.
On the other side, prior experience of not up to standard products that ARE paid for, anger at seemingly overpriced products, and the ease of which to pirate, will lead people to do just such.
In reality I think taking the legal high ground and punitive action is going to deter pirates not one bit. On the other hand increasing availability, affordability and ongoing rewards for honest customers will bring paying clients to your indusrty.
At the end of the day the PUBLIC have the ultimate say. If you cannot afford something GO WITHOUT. Dont try to justify a theft because it is still a theft. If you like a game for free, play Linux games and Demo versions. If you like a game that has taken a lot of manpower (those overworked programmers sweating 70+ hours of blood a week) - then buy it. If you think its not worth the price wait for it to get cheaper. And if you feel burned by an artist or producer selling you something that youre not happy with, then never touch another of their products again.
sorry about the rant.