Dear Pirates

April 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Got e-mailed this, which is sort of funny.

And no I do not condone “theft” when the victim is rich. In fact I have always said that people should pay for copyrighted material when that avenue is open to them.

But there is a useful point that the current business models are very much geared towards the studios, and making their owners rich. It is the studios, rather than the artists, which are resisting moving to business models that are fit for today.

Luckily we are slowly moving towards studios using the Internet as a sales channel, rather than as the enemy.

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19 Responses to “Dear Pirates”

  1. DylanReeve (166 comments) says:

    The industry always highlights the artists as being the injured party by piracy. In reality it not at all difficult to find details about how the recording and movie industries use very questionable accounting among other things to ensure that they get the absolute most they can at the expense of the people who create the products they’re selling.

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  2. torro (14 comments) says:

    It is disingenuous to run a campaign highlighting the rich who lose from pirating. There are many many more struggling producers and copyright holders who also lose. Entertainment is a precarious business for most practitioners, and pirating makes it even tougher to survive. I am also tired of the hate campaign being waged not only by the left here, but also in the UK, US, against wealthy successful people. They are generally wealthy because they produce something that people want and have been happy to pay for.

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  3. Grant (436 comments) says:

    Bud Sellig, Commissioner MLB……

    How do you pirate or downlaod a baseball game?

    More disingenous lefty crap.
    G

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  4. Viking2 (11,413 comments) says:

    Perhaps you two should also tell us about the artists who are shafted along the way.

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  5. campit (467 comments) says:

    DPF you’ve gone pretty quiet on Kim Dotcom lately… There’s quite a bit that’s happened since your last post suggesting he maybe needed money to travel.

    [DPF: The NZ court decisions to date seem fairly sensible so have not blogged on them.]

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  6. Inky_the_Red (756 comments) says:

    On a related matter I note that the Pirate Party has started winning seats in German State Elections while the FDP (and less so the left) is losing them.

    It is possible that the Pirate Party will be the 4th party in the next German election (behind CDU/CSU, SPD, Greens)

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  7. Than (463 comments) says:

    Grant, the rights to live broadcast of sports events are protected IP just as much as the latest Lady Gaga song. There have been court cases about news segments showing highlights clips. The Sporting body claimed this violated their IP while the news broadcaster claimed it was fair use.

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  8. Jeff (11 comments) says:

    The bottom left photo is of Stan Lee the creator of many a comic book hero. Issac Pearlmutter is the current ceo of the marvel group and im guessing looks very different.

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  9. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    There’s nothing wrong with being rich, but these people have made money by exerting influence over the government to make and enforce laws in favour of themselves.

    The left-wing are some of those who have made copyright so unreasonably prolonged with ridiculous penalties. Think of Clare Curran and her three strikes bill for downloading MP3s.

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  10. beautox (420 comments) says:

    What makes me mad is when you have a legal DVD you are often subjected to copious advertising plus tirades against piracy, equating it to hard crime and saying it’s financing god knows what evil. It’s enough to make me want to pirate the bloody movie.

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  11. dime (9,856 comments) says:

    how about the same email done with middle class stock holders of news corp, disney, marvel, universal etc

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  12. gump (1,635 comments) says:

    Grant said:

    Bud Sellig, Commissioner MLB……

    How do you pirate or downlaod a baseball game?

    ——————————–

    Uh – you stream it for free over the Internet rather than buying a subscription from a pay-TV provider.

    I cancelled my Sky subscription years ago. All of the European sports coverage that I am interested in can accessed via free Internet streaming services.

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  13. gump (1,635 comments) says:

    torro said:

    I am also tired of the hate campaign being waged not only by the left here, but also in the UK, US, against wealthy successful people. They are generally wealthy because they produce something that people want and have been happy to pay for.

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    The hate campaign is not against the wealthy and successful.

    It is levied against those who have established fortunes through lobbying and corporate welfarism i.e. the sort of behaviour that has lead to things like this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Term_Extension_Act

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  14. Thrash Cardiom (298 comments) says:

    Think of Clare Curran and her three strikes bill for downloading MP3s.

    Clare Curran’s bill? It was introduced in 2009 by the National Government and passed in 2011, albeit with Labour’s support. You aren’t confusing this bill with the earlier one introduced by Judith Tizard when Labour were still in power, are you?

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  15. DRHILL (121 comments) says:

    Is that Stan Lee’s real name?
    If so, I now understand why he goes by Stan Lee!

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  16. iMP (2,364 comments) says:

    NO, Stan Lee (creator of Marvel) is not Ike Perlmutter, who succeeded him as CEO of Marvel. EPIC FAIL on the photos.

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  17. iMP (2,364 comments) says:

    Stan – the Man-Lee would think this is really funny. I love his cameos in the Marvel movies. My step daughter met him last year, at a competition to be a super hero (she went as something ironic) and he was very generous and good humoured.

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  18. iMP (2,364 comments) says:

    Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter is an American businessman and financier. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Marvel Entertainment since January 1, 2005. He is 66, while Stan lee is 90 (born 1922).

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  19. Michael Mckee (1,091 comments) says:

    And no I do not condone “theft” when the victim is rich. In fact I have always said that people should pay for copyrighted material when that avenue is open to them.

    So it’s ok to steal from a poor victim is it? :-)

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