[PLUG] Why I'm a Pirate!

Praveen A pravi.a at gmail.com
Sat Jan 21 17:02:48 IST 2012

Why I'm a Pirate!

Dear copyright industry, I'm a pirate. I'm the typical user you are
fighting. I'm downloading everything and not giving you one single
penny. I don't even attend concert. You hate me and it's reciprocal.

When I discovered high-speed Internet, I was a naive young innocent. I
was downloading to discover new stuffs. Whenever I liked something, I
would go to the shop and buy the CD. I discovered lot of music thanks
to the pirate networks. Randomly or following advices. In the end, I
bought something like 200 CDs. The first group I've joined on
Audioscrobbler was called "I still buy CDs". But today I regret that.
I'm asking everyone to not buy CD any more. Not a single one !
Because you are not offering a good service

When I want to discover an artist or a movie, I'm heading to The
Pirate Bay, I launch a search and I click. In less than 10 minutes,
I've a full movie on my disk. In 20, I've the complete discography of
an artist.

I would pay for such a service if it is as simple, as fast and, unlike
the Bay, if it can make some guarantees on the quality. But you don't
offer that. Instead, you are trying to build fences and limitations.
You are asking for huge amount of money only through credit card and
you don't have half the music I'm looking for. That's not convenient
and it's more expensive.

I don't even talk about CDs any more. This is now only a huge quantity
of plastic waste, sitting in my living room. They are expensive, they
become unreadable through the years or, thanks to DRM, they are
unreadable since the first day.

In summary, you are offering less for a more expensive price.
Because you don't use my money well

I've probably spent something like 2000€ for my CDs. You need to add
the taxes on all the blank CDs I used to burn Linux iso. From that
money, how much went to the artists and their studio? 100€? 200€?
Everything else was probably diluted in stuffs I don't need:
packaging, distribution, transport, marketing, …

Your companies are in the top richest ones. The artists that are the
most downloaded live in huge luxury houses. Others are dead. Don't you
find it a bit shameful to try the "bad pirates are killing the poor
artists" story?

I'm sorry but I don't think you need my money. I've showed my support
to small artists with Flattr, Jamendo, CDbaby or Magnatune. For
everything else, you will have to live without my wallet.
Because you are messing with my life

That's it. Every penny I will give you will be used against me.
Firstly, by making it difficult for me to use what I buy. Zoned DVDs,
encrypted movies on the DVD requiring illegal software to be read
under Linux or DRM to be sure I'm not able to listen to a CD.

Worst, you will use my money to sue me in court because I would have
downloaded something that I didn't want to buy anyway! With the change
left, you will pay lobbyists to ensure the governments make stupid and
dangerous laws.

Do you want me to pay lawyers to sue myself and lobbyists to make laws
to send me in jails? Really?
Because you are destroying the whole society

Messing with my life was not enough. You are even trying to destroy
one of the pillar of our society: education. Your heavy marketing is
starting to work, people now understand the importance of
"intellectual property" and that "sharing is bad".

Bloody ignorant morons.

Thanks to you, schools are now afraid to give lectures in case there
are some copyrighted materials in them. Teachers fear to be sued. To
the point where giving the strictly minimal lesson is better than
giving some examples. Famous works are not part of the education any

Some teachers themselves start to consider their lectures as
"copyrighted material", refusing to share it with colleagues. And when
they attend training sessions, offered by the state and paid with
public funds, it is to hear that the material of the session can be
read but has to be bought if the teachers want to use them in their
own classroom.

You are destroying the very symbol of civilisation: the enjoyment of
knowledge, the joy of sharing, the cooperation and the education. I
will never forgive you for that. Never. If I'm not taking action right
now, my children will be more afraid of reading a copyrighted book
than stealing in a shop or hitting someone with a knife. Those crimes
are anyway less punished by the law than sharing a song on the

How can you look at yourself in the mirror after that? How can you
still have a peaceful sleep ?
Because your time has come

If I'm a pirate, it's not to have some cheap music. It is because the
time has come for you to fuck off. In your arrogance, you are hurting
the fundamental value of freedom only to save your little petty

The only comfort is to know that you will disappear soon. And nobody
will miss you.

Pirately yours,
Traduction française


പ്രവീണ്‍ അരിമ്പ്രത്തൊടിയില്‍
You have to keep reminding your government that you don't get your
rights from them; you give them permission to rule, only so long as
they follow the rules: laws and constitution.

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