Why people pirate

TorrentFreak found a site today that is building a list of reasons why people pirate content.  All the comments left on the site are user submitted, and some are quite fascinating. The site now has over 1700 responses. If you start and stop on"all piracy is bad" then you really need to read this site. Id recommend that you start with the most popular, and work down. Some are quite clever; like this one:

because every time I buy a DVD, a warning message informs me that I could have the same DVD for free earlier, ad-free and without DRM.
And then there is this one:
Because I prefer to listen to lots of music but to go live, pout compensate artists and not the shareholders of the majors.

From the sarcastic:

I pirate because piracy is killing the artists. Good thing I do not like Justin Bieber!

to the humorous:

To verify that the taxes I pay are used efficiently by my government (yes Hadopi, of thee I speak, hurry up to nab me where I'll end up thinking that you is not capable of ...)

And then there's the practical:

Because FNAC (a french retailer) not sell Norwegian death metal.

Or the honest:

Because I am poor.

I've heard a variation of most of these reasons at least a few times already. Piracy is what people do, and here you can find out why.



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

4 Comments on Why people pirate

  1. Good! I hope Justin Bieber suffers the same fate as Kid Rock did:

  2. Coupla things:

    1) The comments you quote don’t seem to address the pirating of books — they seem to be skewed (not surprisingly) toward music and movies

    2) I’m less curious about why people pirate than about *who* pirates; the stereotype I have in mind is males 15 to 30 and I’d love to know if that’s wrong

    3) Assuming I’m right about point 2 (or even if I’m not), I’d also like to know to what extent pirates share content with nonpirates; we all know there are far more people who, while unwilling to pirate themselves, would be willing to accept illicit content from someone who’s already done the dirty work

    4) I suspect Point 4 is most relevant to the pirating of ebooks, because the core ebook reader demographic to my mind is older and relatively affluent — traits that would make such persons less likely to steal content

    Any thoughts?

  3. Oops. “I suspect Point 4” should read “I suspect Point 3”. Sorry about that.

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