Okay, so first go take a gander at this, and then I'm going to tell you something: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/06/pirated-ebooks-threaten-future-of-serial-novels-warn-authors-maggie-stiefvater
@lilithsaintcrow eBooks and video games were the two mediums I would still buy (video games because you're running untrusted code anyway; so why add to the risk with a dodgy torrent).
However with the recent Microsoft book store thing and all the issues with Amazon DRM ... I've started pirating books. If authors sold their books DRM free, I would gladly pay double to them personally. I try to buy their merch if they have podcast or support them some other way, but we need DRM free books.
Even though it is true that piracy is not the same as theft of physical goods, by committing piracy you are denying a livelihood to creators. Just because it is different doesn't make it less wrong.
The Hollywood machine and the software equivalent BSA do their share to drive people to piracy to be sure, but the actual effects of piracy cannot be ignored. It is because of bad people at multiple levels that we can't have nice things without DRM.
@djsumdog @msh @lilithsaintcrow not to mention that DRM straight up doesn't work. I can get any piece of media you want through privacy, DRM or not. Name anything at all and I can have a 1080p copy in minutes, with no ads, playable on any device I want. DRM *doesn't work*, the *only* thing it succeeds at is making content more annoying for people who *aren't* pirates. The only way is to make piracy the less convenient option, but media companies can't seem to figure that out because they'd rather nickle and dime you for every goddamn thing.
@sir I agree with you about the ultimate ineffectiveness of DRM, and the cluelessness of greedy media companies who rely on it. But they have long demonstrated their incompetence to "make piracy the less convenient option". Thus far piracy has done little more than make them double down on DRM and lobbying for oppressive IP laws.
We, as consumers, have to make the choice to use DRM free channels that compensate creators, sometimes at the expense of convenience.
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