knightintosh wrote:The excuses for pirating (stealing) are ludicrous. By not purchasing them or the service they're exclusively on, you're watching it by stealing it instead of paying for something. Instead of the money going where it should, into the hands of those that create it. Sickening.
So are you an angel ? Yes piracy is bad, i would say speeding in a car is far worse, so you've never gone over the speed limit ?
You dont have a single mp3 you didnt pay for ? Every download you've ever done is legit ? You've never ripped one of your own albums? Looking at your post history you had a near complete set of Commodore Format and used PDF's for the missing issues - thats not legal is it ? Do you own the rights to those scanned magazines ?
We're on a forum called Retro Gamer, you honestly dont have any games on any emulators at all ?
I've bought the Clone Wars dvds - all of them but i didnt feel guilty downloading episodes previously. Why ? They were on 'Sky movies' - this is a 20 minute cartoon ! Just a con by Sky to try and get parents to get Sky Movies for their kids (and star wars fans !). Hate it when companies do stuff like that
I see you've deleted the comment about Oink!, since you probably saw the notice at the bottom of every page of my blog which clearly states scans are all used with full permission of the publisher. So yes, don't rant before checking your facts.
If you don't want to pay for stuff then you do without, simple as that, you don't have any right to steal it. If you really want something you pay for it, simple as that. People think the internet gives them all these excuses but that's all they are - excuses. And it can equate to a 1:1 loss of sale. It simply is, as instead of buying it, you stole it. Now if you didn't want to spend the money, then you simply go without, you don't steal it. If you didn't have enough money for a car, or a shirt, or a book, do you steal it and say "Oh I didn't want to pay for it" and expect that to be ok? No, of course not. And every time you steal these things less money is going back to where it was made, meaning less money for those whose wages are tied up in sales/profit, and less money to invest in future projects - meaning less projects and less people working on each one. In the entertainment industry people don't have nice, regular wages like you do. They have to go from job to job, so if you want to download something do it legally and pay for it, otherwise do without! Because yes it is theft, and yes it is a loss of sale as you now have it without paying for it.
Here in Northern Ireland they are desperate for Game of Thornes to continue as there's so much money invested in it over here, and so many jobs at risk. But those selfish pricks who download it illegally are jeopardising all of that as they believe they've some god-given right not to pay for stuff, and it's been close to cancellation before. I don't watch it, but seeing people pirate it and how it could affect so many, just sickens me!
As for your raft of accusations - no, I have nothing stolen in my music collection, all my music is on iTunes and paid for or from my own CDs which is legal as I believe those whose job it is to create that music, whose livelihood depends on sales, whose wage isn't guaranteed, shouldn't have their hard work stolen from them! The Commodore Formats were downloaded from a website which housed them with full permission from Future as they'd dropped the copyright on doing so. I also have no emulators because I prefer the original machines. Some sites though, such as Lemon 64, have perfectly legal emulators as the games are out of copyright.
You don't want to pay for it, don't steal it.
If you want to watch it, pay for it.
It's not rocket science!