Friday, 2 December 2011

Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rum

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.

34 comments:

  1. You're right it makes sense, they'll get more money in the long run for cheaper prices!

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  2. @The Angry Lurker One problem people have with video games these days is that they are too expensive, this goes to music as well. A lot of people pirate simply because they can't afford to not.

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  3. the dwindling economy doesnt help motivate people to spend money,

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  4. i "steal" stuff on the internet.. Hm, download would be the correct term. From music to books, to games and movies. I mean.. i don't think anyone can fight piracy. It's there..

    "There are people who will download a game, and if they like it, buy an actual copy." I agree. I once downloaded a movie and I really like it.. So i bought an actual DVD copy. Cost a lot.. but worth it because I've already seen it and I know that it's good. In the long run, I think I saved money.. because I spent dough on materials I really like.

    makes sense, right? :D

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  5. @Astra it doesn't, and it is leading to increased piracy.

    @Leah Yeah I get that lol. I have seen The Dark Knight so many times online I finally gave in and bought an actual copy of it. Don't regret that. That it's not technically stealing is a good point, but one I didn't want to make. It's been made too much already.

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  6. People who pirate stuff never intended on buying the real deal anyway, so companies really don't lose that much money.
    Besides, there's tons people out there that'll buy the real thing and even tell their friends if they're pleased with what they pirated.

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  8. I wish less of your argument was based on rhetoric. Piracy, of movies, games, w/e, really cuts into profits. I know the P-word isn't popular but it's the driving force behind a lot of creation. The mother of entertainment is never 'necessity' you know.

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  9. I agree with much of what you say. I also notice that people are willing to donate money to artists/musicans/gamedesigners when there product is good!

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  10. People who complain about piracy are fighting a losing battle...

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  11. @Fang There are a select few who do go on to purchase the real deal :) I think rather than punish those who do buy in an attempt to punish those who don't, they should try rewarding them.

    @Indistinctive Writer That was pretty funny. There are still people who will film a movie at the cinema like that I think. Well, not that obvious.

    @Henry I think most arguments relating to "Piracy ain't so evil" will be full of rhetoric. It is true that profits really drive creation, it's why there are so few "innovative" things around these days, people are less willing to take a chance. Wholeheartedly I believe in paying for it if you like it and can afford it. Maybe even buy extras just to show some extra support or at the least some merch.

    @Bersercules I think Notch made millions just in donations for Minecraft, but could be wrong. I do know though that other independent developers who give their games out for free have made thousands in donations/merch.

    @Hazel That puts me on the winning team. Yay!

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  12. the worst part about Lars is that he and Metallica got popular through cassette swapping aka pirating of the 80's

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  13. @Kid Shuffle I didn't know that, it makes me laugh harder in his general direction.

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  14. I download a lot of stuff (LOL), but when I find something I really like, I buy it.
    If artists complain about piracy, then they're not real artists, they only do what they do for the monies.

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  15. @My 2 Pesos Some good points but there are people who would disagree with you.

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  16. yeah, i think musicians still make a buttload of money from merchandise and shows. pretty sure they'll be alright.

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  17. I remember the World of Goos guys were chill when their PC stat numbers proved most copies were not legitimate at least for the non-WiiWare versions. Ironically they did go bankrupt, even though they made 1 successful game.

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  18. Why would Lars Ulrich and Gene Simmons want more money? D:

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  19. @Kage For the most part they will be. Sometimes it seems like the record companies make more of a fuss than the artists, but there are a few examples, like the ones I cited, that kick up a lot of fuss themselves.

    @Adam I didn't play World of Goo but I will say good for them for being like that, even if it ended up pretty bad for them ultimately.

    @Interwebs Fails Because they're greedy bastards?

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  20. Interesting article here on the topic of internet piracy: http://torrentfreak.com/swiss-govt-downloading-movies-and-music-will-stay-legal-111202/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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  21. @Experiment House I really wish I knew about that article before I did this lol. Thanks for that.

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  22. Haha. I only found out about it less then 24 hours ago. =P We were cheering for the Swiss here!

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  23. I hate how DVDs have so much unskippable copyright warning crap. It makes me want to download the movie just to be able to skip it :)

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  24. There's a point where an artist deserves to be compensated for his intellectual property. I mean, the good, un-appreciated ones pour their heart and soul into it, and are rewarded by not seeing money for his endeavors. It's the reason I still purchase music (not digital-only releases though. I don't like paying for just data, I like things I can hold in my hands). However, by trying to forcibly crush piracy, they're ensuring that they are not only going to anger the pirates, but their loyal fans as well. DRM does this spectacularly. I'll admit, I pirate the shit out of stuff, but I'm pretty discretionary about it. I still buy copies of what I pirate, or I pirate what is impossible for me to buy. But, with video game companies, I agree with you. They're driving customers to piracy out of anger or rage (I'm still going to buy Diablo 3, but that's me). I believe that people are entitled to profit of their intellectual property, but they are also entitled to reap the fallout when they overreach to profit as much as possible. Sun Rise, sun set.

    Also, Pirate music
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-8Uo1j0AiA

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  25. @Experiment House I'm joining ya lol. Always loved the Swiss, now I have another reason to.

    @Heaven Same here, we've bought it, so you know we didn't steal it. Stop it.

    @Generally Disgruntled A perfect, well reasoned, balanced argument. WHY DOESN'T MINE LOOK LIKE THAT?!?! But I agree, an artist deserves compensation for their work. I'm not a big fan of the Diablo series, so that also contributes to me not buying it lol. I will say congratulations and thanks to you for buying what you like when you can. Damnit I love that song. When you said "Pirate music" I automatically thought "Alestorm".

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  26. I downloaded musics in the net because I can choose musics that I just want to hear.

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  27. They do lose quite a bit of money from piracy though. I can't remember the stats but it is a legitimate concern.

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  28. @Marco Walter That is one thing people do.

    @DWei There are a few countries where it's legal, according to Wikipedia your beautiful homeland IS one of them. This would suggest that they don't lose as much money as they would like you to think. However, if people are losing a lot, and it even brings some to the brink of bankruptcy or something, then sure it's a legit concern.

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  29. Adam: The World of Goo developers did not go bankrupt.. WOG did not sell that bad actually.
    It was the publisher of WOG that did go bankrupt, but I doubt it was just because of WOG getting pirated quite a lot.

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  30. @Bob Thanks for clearing that up :) If it was their publisher that went bankrupt unless WOG was their only game, you can't put WOG at fault really.

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  31. At least reactions to piracy let us identify bands in it for the fans. Would love to see a "pick your price" and donation model develop for music and games to replace the dying current distribution model.

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  32. @RoR There are some bands that do that, but I doubt we'll ever see it being the main thing. The current model could be saved by lower prices, but games cost a lot to develop these days.

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  33. Amen..... most of the musicians get screwed on the album sales anyways..... its all about the live show. Plus the more people who get to hear your stuff the more that will buy a ticket to your show!

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  34. @Steve Bailey If only more people saw it like that, oh well.

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