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23 / M
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Posted 2/15/14
I'd pirate anything that comes out of EA and Activision. These two companies are cunts without a doubt.
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20 / M / Eng Land
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Posted 2/15/14 , edited 2/15/14
I know I've already posted but I'll answer the questions directly.

Do you Pirate any form of entertainment be it movies, games, music?

I do. I have pirated music and games by greedy companies such as EA and Activision because i despise their marketing tactics. EA is constantly winning the worst company award for a reason.

Do you think it's wrong to pirate entertainment?

Depends. If you can easily afford the entertainment in question and/or it's in a place you can legally attain it, then you should. Especially if you think the creators deserve it. If you have no other means of acquiring it then go for it. I guess an example might be a song made by an individual on Youtube that has no download link. If the only way to get that is through a converter then go for it, it's not like they supplied any other means of getting it, and the lack of a download link probably means they don't intend to profit off it in the first place.

Also, like I say, because I hate companies like Activision and EA I don't intend to support their greedy, customer despising tactics so I go along with it. If they're going to hit you, hit em back. Though the hit you give to them will most likely equate to a faint tap on the wrist given how they probably have swimming pools filled with money.

Do you think your government should invest more time into stopping this?

Definitely not. There are tax problems involved as many have already stated. I also think there are bigger problems worth dealing with than getting entertainment for free that the government should be focussed on (not that they ever really get much done). I think piracy has escalated to the point that there really is no stopping it.

It's not like you can arrest everyone because otherwise we'd end up with thousands arrested and no place to put them, but you can't really get rid of piracy sites since they're always capable of being changed to keep the law out. There's no denying that almost everyone pirates music these days, and I don't think there's enough space for almost everyone. Even if it's similar to stealing, there are bigger problems than people listening to free songs, and clicking download buttons with a mouse that need to be addressed.

I spend hours making my music and have it uploaded to the internet for free for people to listen to. Another dude worth checking out, especially if you like rock/metal stuff, is DavidMeShow. He offers all his music for free and doesn't believe that you should charge money for it, and has a Patreon page where you can donate what you wish.
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Posted 2/15/14 , edited 2/15/14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAp0xO-LwFs


Your neighborhood Phersu here, to lighten up the mood with a rousing sea chanty.


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19 / F / USA
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Posted 2/15/14

Sogno- wrote:


spectralMagician wrote:

Is OP a cop?


the OP's trying to dig up dirt on you guys watch what you say


I-I BUY ALL MY ANIME AND MANGA.
I-I WOULD NEVER PIRATE ANIME
D-DEFINITELY WOULDN'T PIRATE M-MUSIC...
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Posted 2/15/14
Unlike these people who are like oh I only pirate stuff from big bad companies, I'm am an avenger of justice to what they do with their greed. Me? I steal it all take what you want leave nothing but ashes behind, burn this world to the ground. This is our world now. The world of the electron and the switch; the beauty of the baud. We exist without nationality, skin color, or religious bias. You wage wars, murder, cheat, lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. You may stop me, but you can't stop us all. Hack the planet!
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31 / M / Hawaii, Oahu
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Posted 2/15/14 , edited 2/15/14
Do you Pirate any form of entertainment be it movies, games, music?
I don't watch movies too often. But when something comes out, I usually just wait for it to be released on Blu-Ray. Mainly because I prefer the quality. When downloading pirated movies, you lose a bit of quality sometimes. As for games; I don't even remember the last time I played a PC/Console game. For music, there really isn't a reason for it, I use Spotify which has all the songs, and music I could want; all legally and for 10$ a month I can download it, and keep it on my phone/pc.

Do you think it's wrong to pirate entertainment?
Of course it's wrong, and it's very damaging to the industry. For example; The finale episode of Game of Thrones Mhysa was illegally downloaded several Millions of times. Now just imagine how much money they lost due to that? The fact of the matter is; the actors and everyone else who devotes their time to creating these kinds of entertainment have to get paid. But when people illegally download the content it destroys the industry. Which is actually why they might not even make a Game of Thrones movies; because they are overly concerned with it being illegally obtained. Which would ruin their profits; thus making no sense to do it in the first place.


The same goes for the Anime industry. They are taking big hits due to the fact many people would rather illegally download the content rather than use legal means that would support the industry. That's why Anime is so pricey now-a-days. You've got to understand; to the creators, this is how they make their money, this is their Bread and Butter. When people start illegally downloading their work. They lose money! With no money, how are they supposed to continue?

Do you think your government should invest more time into stopping this?
I don't really think they can do a whole lot to stop it from happening. For every step they make to stop it, people will just find a way around. So it really just sounds like a huge waste of money.
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Posted 2/15/14
Well I used to pirate anime all the time before I got my Crunchyroll account, but other than that nope.
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Posted 2/15/14
When i see the prices AoA has their anime going for i then understand why pirating exists
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18 / M / Big Apple
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Posted 2/17/14
Do you Pirate any form of entertainment be it movies, games, music?
Movies not really for some reason I guess it is because I barely watch movies. Games only when I know the creator won't make any money from it like NES, SNES, N64, Playstation, Gamecube etc. Music yeah I mean I know a bunch of people are going to buy it. As for other entertainment like Anime I only buy series that I really enjoyed and feel like I should own. I torrent everything else that isn't on Crunchyroll since I spent my money on a subscription might as well use it.

Do you think it's wrong to pirate entertainment?
To a certain extent, but at the same time if it wasn't for pirates then the things we love might not be at the location you are at. Companies see that people like it so they license it.

Do you think your government should invest more time into stopping this?
Government (USA) has much more important topics to invest to instead.
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21 / F / Balmer, Murlin
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Posted 2/17/14
I used to torrent anime and download OSTs, but now I just buy a CR subscription (and I've kinda lost interest in OSTs). If it's not on CR or Hulu, I don't go out of my way to watch it. Why would I? I've got plenty of things to watch on CR alone.

I've never pirated movies or games. I just haven't felt the urge to. I have Netflix for movies, and there's a myriad of music subscription services. These things are so cheap! I understand that it's nice to pinch pennies wherever you can, but really? If you enjoy music so much, $10/month will not kill you. I promise.

My only weakness here is manga. There is not a robust enough manga simulpub service out there. I remedy my little cheat here by buying the volumes as they become available in my area, but I know it doesn't really make up for it. CR's new(ish) service for manga looks very promising, and it's off to a nice start, but it still has a long way to go before I even think of dropping fan scans altogether.

Pirating, in and of itself, is wrong. You are harming the industry you love when you pirate. That's not right. However, I will say this: without pirating, we wouldn't have all these nice subscription services. No one would bother changing the old model of buying each song/album individually. No one would bother brining so much anime to an English audience via sites like CR. Pirating stems from a demand that is not being met by traditional means, and it forces industries to change. This is the good outcome of pirating, and is based on a simple principle - people will gladly buy things if you make it available to them.

That's why, as soon as a solid manga simulpub system comes around, I will be more than happy to ditch the scans. Even if it costs me an extra $5 on my CR subscription.

I'm not even gonna tackle the government question. It's an extremely tangled issue and I don't know nearly enough about it to give a solid opinion. I'll just say this: it seems very, very difficult for the government to curb pirating altogether. Nearly impossible. And I'm not sure I'd want them to stop it completely, because of the good things that can come from pirating. So I'm rather 50/50 on this.
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29 / M / Illinois
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Posted 2/17/14

Do you Pirate any form of entertainment be it movies, games, music?

Fansubs of old unlicensed shows (LOGH) that will never get a US release. No movies or games or music.


Do you think it's wrong to pirate entertainment?

No


Do you think your government should invest more time into stopping this?

No. There are real problems to worry about.
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21 / M / The Void
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Posted 2/17/14
Hmmmmm, define "illegal", then define "pirating", and then tell me about how I can't see the difference between legal and illegal, and how I'll watch whatever series I want, in whatever fashion I want.
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25 / F
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Posted 2/17/14
If I like it, I'll pay for it. If, lets say, I don't like the actors or artists, I wouldn't waste my money. I think it's ridiculous how people would pay for a cup of coffee every day but not music or movies. People get shocked when they hear that I pay for my entertainment, which is sad.
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26 / M / Australia
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Posted 2/17/14
I live in Australia, and really out here you either pirate, go without, or have a massive heap of expendable income. Our prices out here are pretty outrageous to say the least and importing goods costs a small fortune so uh... my 'friends friend' pirates, then if he/she feels it meets the value of the charging price, he/she will buy it.

When I first got here 5 years ago a game at release was $120, now they're between $80 and $100, which is still too high, so I import them from UK at sometimes half that price.

A movie ticket out here is $20, and a new blu-ray/DVD can be anywhere from $30 - $40

For books, you're looking at double the asking price in pounds.

We don't have access to netflix or hulu or vudu. We also have pisspoor internet and the absolute majority of people are capped between 50 and 200gb a month. I pay about $90 a month for a 200gb capped connection.

We have an Australian variant called Quikflix but it's pricey and one of the worst streaming services on the planet by a clear country mile. (I've paid for netflix & a service to change my ip so I can access it so I can make the comparison, but I don't continue that because it, again, makes it pricey and the stream suffers because of the middle man service)

In recent months we've heard via media that piracy is rampant in Australia, but no one ever takes the time to think:

'well maybe charging them double the price other countries pay is the problem, as opposed to them being a nation of thieves'
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Posted 2/17/14


As someone who hates the idea of piracy for the reason that it takes money out of the pockets of artists, musicians, and programmers, I logged on to tell you sir... that is the most peaceful, most efficient, most Pro solution to piracy that I've ever heard of.

May you and your glorious country shine on, sir... shine on with better prices and Neflix access...
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