Joystiq: We stand in an unusual and unprecedented place in history. We face a global economic crisis and are simultaneously in the latter stages of a technological revolution that started with the internet explosion of the 1990s. Because of present circumstances, we have the potential to fall into a piracy cycle that will hurt both the industry and the consumer. I'm hoping that this column will, at a minimum, expose the potential issues concerning this cycle, so that people can consciously avoid taking a dangerous path. We're already seeing increased talk about piracy and actions against "pirates," but I don't think we're anywhere close to hitting rock bottom.