For some reason there’s still a debate in genre circles about book piracy, one that seems totally irrelevant to the modern publishing business. For a moment I thought I was in 2009 all over again. However, there are some interesting and fairly witty pieces floating about, and one of them is by fellow scribe Chuck Wendig, who really hopes you don’t pirate his book. There is wisdom there – check it out.
Why do we value the network and hardware that delivers music but not the music itself?
Why are we willing to pay for computers, iPods, smartphones, data plans, and high speed internet access but not the music itself?
Why do we gladly give our money to some of the largest richest corporations in the world but not the companies and individuals who create and sell music?
This is a bit of hyperbole to emphasize the point. But it’s as if:
Networks: Giant mega corporations. Cool! have some money!
Hardware: Giant mega corporations. Cool! have some money!
Artists: 99.9 % lower middle class. Screw you, you greedy bastards!
Congratulations, your generation is the first generation in history to rebel by unsticking it to the man and instead sticking it to the weirdo freak musicians!
I am genuinely stunned by this. Since you appear to love first generation Indie Rock, and as a founding member of a first generation Indie Rock band I am now legally obligated to issue this order: kids, lawn, vacate.
You are doing it wrong.
Beautiful, no? Anyway, I’m of the opinion that the piracy issue won’t ever be settled by discussion in the publishing world – it’s likely to be settled by large corporations, Internet Service Providers and governments, who together have the power to make life difficult for people who use torrent and file-sharing sites. We wished these big players would catch up with the digital age – be careful what you wish for, I say…