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Meh. Um, yeah, pirates. Talk like a seagoing criminal day? historical seagoing criminal day? Spacegoing criminal day? Humourless git day?

I like movie pirates. I like pop culture pirates. I also, (whispers) like ninjas. Like most Lib Dems, I want it both ways and am somewhere in between. Real, modern day, pirates? An old CCG contact is currently serving in the Brazilian navy. Brazil has a navy? Yup, it does a lot of work chasing pirates. They're real, they're bastards, and they're not to be glorified. But Talk like a pirate day? It's fun. Because, at the end of the day, Johnny Depp is cool, right?

As for software "piracy"? That that terminology has taken root is due to good marketing within the industry, it doesn't make the descriptor accurate, and it may even have played a roll in making piracy 'cool'. Anyone who's had the conversation with me knows my opinion on illegal copying. It's illegal for a reasong godsdamnit. All the software on this PC is 100% legit, and mostly Open Source. I don't have any dodgy DVDs and the only copied CD I have was something I couldn't get hold of (and I managed to break it recently anyway, d'oh!). But it's not piracy.

It's the markets method of getting around excessive regulation. As legit sources for downloads came around, illegal downloads reduce. As different formats become available and movie DVDs are released earlier, the desire to buy them early, etc, is reduced. Crappy regulation is not a reason to break the law, it's a reason to change the regulations, that the industries took ages to adapt and, supposedly, lost billions (they didn't), is a sign that they're dinosaurs in a dynamic economy.

So, yeah, talk like a pirate. Use a silly icon. Have a giggle. Only, LJ? Next time you decide to celebrate International Talk like a pirate day? Could you make it so the little tricks you put on the profile and update pages showed up for people using English English as well as US/LJ English? Thx muchly.

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[livejournal.com profile] lithium_doll managed to get to 1000 comments. Utter insanity. Cool.

Also? How not to hunt for a place to live in London. Not a good day. More seriously, [livejournal.com profile] jantshira really could do with a stroke of luck finding a room to rent in London. If anyone reading this knows someone that could help?

Date: 2006-09-19 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiredstars.livejournal.com
Like most Lib Dems, I want it both ways and am somewhere in between
Liberal Democrats just get kinkier and kinkier.

I disagree about piracy being the market's way round excessive regulation. The regulation (excessive or otherwise) creates the market, by guaranteeing control over things that can be copied (effectively) costlessly (ie. there is a fixed cost and no variable cost, making them a bit like a public good). Piracy circumvents this market system, not charging for what it can provide for free. As regulation is loosened, companies provide different formats and so-on, it's either the market expanding into particular areas (eg. providing music for download for people who won't buy CDs but want to download music) or lowering costs, increasing availability, etc. to the point where the costs of acquiring the stuff legally are lowering than the costs of doing it illegally (ie. fear of prosecution, morals, etc.).
It's not a case of piracy being a manifestation of the market, shaping regulation and practice, it's a case of the market reacting to stamp out a competitor system (and I don't mean to suggest that's a bad thing; those fixed costs do need to be paid for somehow).

Date: 2006-09-19 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiredstars.livejournal.com
It's a question of terminology, but an important one, I think. Economic crime can be a means markets getting round regulation. If you're talking black market piracy then that's what this is. But it seems to me that most digital piracy - file sharing, peer to peer networks, etc. - is not market based, rejecting (intellectual) property rights and other market fundamentals.

So yeah, you're right that the market has responded to this challenge, but not (imo) that the mechanism that drove this loosening of regulation is internal to the market.

I feel like I'm making a rather laboured point off an interpretation of a little bit of what you said.
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