Piracy gave me a future

Daniel Starkey writes -

Poverty traps its victims in intellectual dead zones. I don't pirate games anymore, but when I needed it, it gave me access to the literature and artistic inspiration of my generation.

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chrish19903027d ago

Holy moly. Before people even think about throwing a "you're a dirty pirate" comment around, I highly recommend giving it a read.

As someone from a fairly good background, I've never had to endure what this poor chap has, so seeing piracy from this guy's perspective really has opened my eyes. Well written and very informative, a much better read than most of the clickbait that gets pushed to the top, or just a series of tweets. More of this please!

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christian hour3026d ago

I've been makin this argument for years, piracy sucks if you're well off, but for less fortunate people it can be a ladder out of a system of self perpetuating put downs.

Even adobe recognised that, with a wink and a smile, most people paying for and using their product professionally now started out on a pirated copy because they came from low income families or impoverished areas.

There are developers out there who started out learnign to code on a cracked copy of flash or a serious gaming engine or 3d modeling studio. A friend of mine even, started out using a cracked copy of 3ds in his teens, he now animates professionaly in a freelance environment and now owns legitimate copies of the programs he uses to create.

And even pirating non creative stuff like literature, music, games, movies, can broaden a young persons horizon and expand their mind in to territories they may have never considered before.

As for "it takes money from the people behind it", stop and think about that for a second. Does it really? The kind of people I referenced above, would never have been able to afford them in the first place, these companies never would have gotten this extra income regardless if piracy was obsolete or not.

Yes there are people who are pirating out of sheer selfishness and inconsiderate thinking, people who could have afforded to buy them in the first place but their too busy watching the world revolve around them to give a crap and probably won't appreciate the products or allow their mind to expand inthe same way someone who could never afford them would. I wouldn't let those people tranish the name of poor individuals who aren't hurting anyone but essentially contributing to society in a big way eventually.

This is another reason why we've seen open source ideologies become more and more ever present in the last ten years, it's all about sharing ideas and spreading education at the end of the day.

DevilOgreFish3027d ago (Edited 3027d ago )

Bootlegging usually comes from people that can't afford, or have their money going to more pressing places. It's understandable the case of both gamers and developers.

Mikefizzled3027d ago (Edited 3027d ago )

Its an odd one. Pirating something with an infinite quantity which has no direct negative effect on the seller means people can excuse themselves into making believing its ok and its justifiable through circumstance. For a pleasure based hobby I can't entirely agree. The only piracy I have no problem with is people sharing college or uni textbook pdfs. Its ridiculous how much they had to pay to learn and help progress society is hidden behind a large pay wall and hefty microtransactions in the shape of yearly textbooks.

Ashlen3027d ago (Edited 3027d ago )

Piracy should be seen as a digital library, it's about equality and allowing all people regardless of wealth the opportunity to succeed in a world where the wealthy have advantages that can not be overcome by those of lesser means.

People in our capitalist society only look things from a greed perspective.

I have a friend who came from a family of moderate wealth they were able to send him to college for 3D programing and design. But the software(s) required to complete the courses cost thousands of dollars. More than they could afford to supply. So he pirated the software which allowed him to obtain a degree. Now he has a good job in the industry and has purchased multiple times over the same software he used to earn his degree.

Mikefizzled3027d ago

This is the notion that I agree. I've been in part of a small IT business and I've seen startups with little capital pirate their software they rely on, expand and then buy them when they can afford. This is why I think people like Microsoft and Adobe are striving things like Office 365 and Creative Cloud. Cheaper buy in but monthly subscription.

UnwanteDreamz3026d ago

What about the poor person still saving for the software? What about the poor person paying back loans for the software they bought? Your friend cheated to get ahead.

You people with no sense of right and wrong please don't defend the poor with your bullshit. I come from as poor a background as they come. I have never had to steal to support my self or family. I work for mine. Anytime I have stolen it was for selfish reasons like your friend.

If what you are stealing can be obtained by hard work and effort. Then you are a lazy criminal who wants a free ride.

silvacrest3026d ago

its hard to judge someone in this position, the knee jerk reaction is "stealing is stealing", while others consider that people who pirate typically would never had bought the game anyway.

even stealing physical goods can be considered a grey area if that persons circumstances warrant it

IrishSt0ner3026d ago

Steal a loaf of bread = prosecuted with criminal record.

Embezzle billions of dollars = get paid remainder of contract and redundancy settlement fee, move on to another high paid job.

We have the highest inequality gap in recorded human history, and it's the poverty sticken 'digital media copiers' that are looked down upon and scorned as theifs.

What a disgusting toxic culture.

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