How come it's still up for BT?
A study I saw a few months back showed that often, the biggest pirates are also the same people who spend the most money on media (books/movies/games/etc). They just happen to be more selective about what they buy. However if the companies had their way, you'd just be left guessing whether something is a good buy or not and get stuck with the bill, because many things can't be returned to the store/place of purchase once opened/purchased. If you buy a game on Steam and it is missing features and is just generally shitty, can you return it? Nope. You paid $25? Too bad. How is that even a remotely acceptable occurance? You can't even trade the game with someone and try to get something that isn't shit, because all you did was buy a "license". It's bullshit, and most people don't even understand why.
It's up for me.
Did you guys put in .com instead of .se like the retards that you guys are?
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As for licenses, many stores don't let you return any opened film, no matter how shitty it is. That's how it's been for decades and people don't get up in arms over it. If you don't know how good a game is, check reviews. If there are not enough reviews, try a demo. If there are no reviews and no demo, and you're wary of the quality, then take the hint and don't buy it. This is not a service industry. It is not guaranteed fun or your money back. There is no warranty. I don't understand why so many gamers seem to have this weird sense of entitlement with their medium, that it should somehow be far more forgiving on the buyer than other digital industries, and allow them to pull stupid stunts like buy a game, play it for ten hours to complete the story, maybe burn a copy, then return it for full refund.
Did you read the title and just hop in here saying what you think is right with a douchey remark instead of reading the entire OP, recent posts, and more importantly the date of the OP like the retard that you are?
And nothing of value was lost.
Also, think of it like this: You're a tax accountant. Someone comes in and you do their taxes for them. BUT, they never pay you. What, nothing was stolen, so it's not a crime!
If I wanted to pirate, I wouldn't bother with pirate bay, private trackers are superior anyways.
That is seriously the logic being used to defend piracy. Just because you're not physically stealing a DVD doesn't mean it's victimless.
Piracy is harming companies as much as people sneaking into theaters. Aka not.
Piracy is not illegal in my country, trespassing is.
And my point was that sneaking in to a movie theatre isn't illegal because you're depriving then of income, it's illegal because you're trespassing thus it has nothing whatsoever to do with piracy.
If, hypothetically, sneaking into theaters was a major industry issue, and we had dumbass Internet white knights crusading for the right to get into a theater without paying, who pointed out that sneaking in isn't directly harming the theater itself, who thought that all theaters should give up on trying to force people to pay and that letting people watch movies for free in the theater might lead them to watch more movies and pay for them so really it's all fair in the end- No. It's fucking stupid. It's still harming the industry, it's still harming the company directly, and it's still illegal, no matter what twisted logic some people use to justify it to themselves.
Piracy doesn't have to be tangible theft to still be damaging to the industry, and it's not a victimless crime no matter what excuses are used to justify it.
You're better than 99% of professional comedians, could you be one too?
Excellent rebuttal to my points, well-reasoned argumentative skills, A++ would debate again. Or maybe I could just go drink a bottle of Drano, because reading your posts is having much the same effect on my brain.
Why would anyone think Anonymous would DDoS it ?
That's where they get all their games :V .
As I said before, the industry can not switch to an economical model of essentially releasing products for free and hoping people donate by paying. The solution is to find ways to quash piracy, and they're definitely working on it. Shutting down sites like TPB, while crude and only marginally effective, are endemic of this.
Point is, piracy isn't completely victimless as some people make it out to be. There are some people who will torrent media and then buy it, or use pirated media to try something out and then buy related material, but the act of pirating undermines the company's ability to control their own media which is harmful in the long run, and it's too dangerous to the company to let slide illegal copyright infringement.
And because of that, attempts to quash piracy will continue. Taking TPB down is more symbolic than anything else, anyone reasonably informed knows that TPB isn't a major player, just a widely publicized one. If TPB goes down for good, then it sets a precedent that will be used to go after communities focused on piracy.
Companies fail because they can't adapt to digital age. Where's the steam-like service for movies? Music? No itunes please, it's quite bad.
You don't win the market by using outdated methods. Treating customers like cattle is not helping.
Companies want control over their products but customers don't want companies to control their products. There should be no stupid drm or unskippable fbi warnings which make me want to pirate. These measures do exactly the opposite of what they're supposed to.
I fully support piracy as long as companies operate like they do now.
They are no better people for using this alternate method of copyright infringement.