If it wasn't totally obvious the title for today's post is a reference to pirates and piracy. Sadly not the swashbuckling or airship variety (I will be one of those one day, just you wait) or the Somali variety, but the internet variety.
I've talked before about piracy, and probably will again. Just a few days ago I talked about how the internet had a victory in the EU, and the evils of internet censorship, but today I'm going to go a bit more into piracy. Now, a lot of things get pirated, music, games, even books. Usually when music gets pirated, the evil record companies kick up a shit storm, and a shit storm is also kicked up when games are pirated. I'm not too sure about books, I doubt people really see it as piracy I guess.
There are actually some artists with a lax attitude towards piracy. One of these is William Control. When he found out that an album of his had been leaked online before he released it, he just told people to "Download it and dance". He was happy that his music was being heard, and his fans love the hell out of him because they'll buy anything of his they can to support him. With his new EP he actually also sent people who bought it a download link to download free copies of it, he's just opening himself up to piracy. But he's small time, so he can love that he's getting his name out there. Abney Park are another example, when you buy their stuff you can download it an unlimited number of times, at least I think you can.
There are dicks of course, like Lars Ulrich and Gene Simmons. I'm not saying people should pirate, and I do think people have a legitimate gripe when their stuff is being "stolen", but I think no matter what you do, piracy will always be there, you can't fight it. When you try your hardest to fight it, like having games you can only install five times (WHAT THE FUCK?!??!?? Who thought of that bullshit) all you do is piss off the people that were willing to pay. I don't want to play RAGE, no matter how good it is, because of it's DRM, I don't want to play Diablo 3 because of it's DRM. The more restrictions you put on things, the more you piss people off.
Seriously, fucking stop. Stop trying to fight piracy, and you'll save money, you can release things for cheaper prices, more people will legitimately buy them, and if you make things good, then people who pirate them will buy them anyway. There are people who will download a game, and if they like it, buy an actual copy.
Besides, I think most of a bands income comes from merchandising and tour tickets, not sales. If you make good stuff, and the fans love you, they will buy your merch, and come see you live, and line your pockets with your dirty money.
I am not in any way shape or form endorsing piracy, please don't take my blog away from me, or tell the courts I told you to do it.