An Epiphany about Piracy

Today I had an epiphany about piracy. I've always said that piracy in the sense of copyright infringement, is always discussed in terms of moral and laws, when it is really an economic issue. Someone asks me why it was discussed in terms of moral and laws and I started thinking: "Who Wins?". Who wins with RIIA lawsuits, who wins with having pirate CDs sell for a pittance in China and all over the third world? It sounded like I was heading to a complicated argument when it hit me: The enternteinment companies win. First, they make money from first world people to maintain their businesses, then they give their product away to the people that have no means and that way they avoid something they are really afraid of: Competition. By giving away their product for free or cheap, they are impeding the creation of companies that do the same for less than they do. If the logical, economics thing, prices would have gone down and competition would have increased. Creating the possibility in the future that foreign enternteinment companies making money in the first world.

Now, before I star to get nonsense comments, let me be clear. No, I do not think this is planned. This is what happens naturally. People do what is better for them, what makes them progress and survive. They do not need to reason it out or understanding. Economic laws work like physical laws, they don't care if the subject understand them, they are just laws. This is also the reason enternteinment companies have gotten in bed with media and news media companies. Because that way they get protection for their stupid racket.

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