Forbes Magazine: "You Will Never Kill Piracy, and Piracy Will Never Kill You"

#Opinion

Mon, Feb 6th, 2012 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

The problem with piracy, argues Forbes' Paul Tassi, is not one of legislation but one of service.

It's not moral, it's not right, but it's there and it's easy and there's no one to stop you from doing it, and never will be. If after ten years and millions of dollars in legal fees they finally manage to kill the Pirate Bay, there are hundreds of other torrent sites that exist, and more will spring up. If they ban torrents altogether, the internet will invent something new.

Piracy is not raiding and plundering Best Buys and FYEs, smashing the windows and running out with the loot. It's like being placed in a store full of every DVD in existence. There are no employees, no security guards, and when you take a copy of movie, another one materializes in its place, so you're not actually taking anything. If you were in such a store, you'd only have your base moral convictions to keep you from cloning every movie in sight. And anyone who knows how to get to this store isn't going to let their conscience stop them, especially when there is no tangible "loss" to even feel bad about.

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