I was looking to learn more about the basics of internet piracy when I came across this short video. The presenter’s humour is not ideal, but the content of what he’s saying is really worthwhile.
I think what’s most interesting about this video is his differentiation between ‘piracy’ and ‘theft’. He describes that when an individual downloads an mp3, it’s not theft. Something needs to be owned, and have that ownership withdrawn for theft to occur. With mp3s, you are merely downloading a copy of the file, rather than the single file itself. He goes on to describe the premise of ‘piracy is theft’ that underlines so many of the guilt-inducing anti-piracy advertisements rests on a big assumption: that you would have paid for the mp3, if you couldn’t have downloaded it.
Have a look and let me know what you think.