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I’ve always thought pirates were sexy

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Yes, you read the title correctly. I’m all for some swash followed by a little buckle.

 

I was into pirates before they were so mainstream.

Wrong kind of pirate.

While crime on the open seas certainly carries it’s own kind of sex appeal (in a Hollywood sort of way), I’m talking about the kind of piracy that gets the RIAA, the MPAA, and most recently Sony (or at least their lawyers) all hot and bothered.

 

Oh yeah, you know how to get me goin...

Oh yeah, you know how to get me goin...

I remember installing a burned copy of Window’s XP on my desktop computer in high school and my dad reminding me not to update anything until he found a pirated Service Pack. Those were the days…

Now, you can’t even finish torrenting one measly episode of Glee (not that I would ever torrent. Well, not Glee anyway) without your Internet Service Provider capping your bandwidth after emailing you what seems to be the most passive aggressive cease and desist email ever. Although piracy has been around since friggin’ tapes, our internet overlords have a much better way of monitoring and punishing the few who engage in the illicit activity. From DRM protected files, to constant updates (I’m looking at you Sony PS3), and data caps on internet speeds, techies seem to be getting the short end of the proverbial stick.

An interesting article recently appeared on Ars Technica, one of my favorite tech websites, about a study that suggested a “global pricing problem” was the root of piracy abroad. But what about in the States? As a thrifty shopper, I sometimes feel sticker shock after buying a lackluster game and I often get irrationally angry while watching a film in theaters and dropping over $10 bucks for… well, shit. Is the unfair pricing the motivation? Or is it, as Anonymous would say, “just for the lulz”?

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Written by highbrowhighscore

April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

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