If you’ve been listening to the RIAA trumpets and drums via their lamestream media, I’m sure you must have heard a few, or all, of the ‘statements’ below.
- Pirates are lazy freeloaders and don’t do anything
- Pirates make legal alternatives impossible
- Pirates are stingy and take but never give
- Pirates are a drain on society and the economy
Let’s start with “Pirates are stingy and take but never give.” I guess this is by far the MAFIAA’s most popular slogan, putting all pirates into a group of miserly people who only want things for free and who’d never contemplate putting their hands in their pockets.
But if that was the case, how do they account for the fact their studies show over and again that pirates buy up to 10 times more media than people who don’t pirate?
Or maybe those studies don’t matter because they weren’t sponsored by the likes of the IFPI, RIAA, MPAA or the BSA who regularly release made up numbers to show the ‘hit piracy has had on their industries’?
Numbers that regularly get torn apart by tech sites and facts put down to nothing better than “artful and imaginative guesswork”.
Nor does it account for such as the expert witnesses wife in the recent TPB trial getting flowers donated by pirates all over the world!
And let’s not forget the different funds (eg, expert witness fund) being run on donations that is used to defend the poor souls being dredged by the low-lifes at RIAA HQ.
Pirates make legal alternatives impossible.
Talking about pirates, did you know knew most artists get paid roughly $0.045 for each song sold on iTunes? And a lot of them don’t get paid anything? Instead they’re told to bne grateful they’re on iTunes at all.
Who’s really robbing the artists? The ‘pirates’ who don’t make anything on an artist’s back? Or @pple + labels who sell a song for $0.99 – $1.35 and give the artists $0.00 – $0.045 —- if the artists is lucky?
Note the decimal and zero before the 45, that’s not 45 cents.
Pirates are a drain on society and the economy.
Again, that’s far the truth as possible.
Pirates actually stimulate the economy. Who do you think purchases those high-end computer systems? The fastest internet packages from ISPs? The largest hard disks? The most blank media? The most upgrades? Etc etc
What pirates refuse to do is encourage the greed of the media industries.
People (me included) will fight tooth and nail against having a monthly $3-5 charge added to their internet connection(can you says CHORUSS?).
But I won’t hesitate to pay $7+ per month over my internet bill for a VPN connection
And finally, Pirates are lazy freeloaders and don’t do anything.
To tell you the truth, I really don’t know the answer to this one. While there’s a lot of talk about how things should change when it really comes to doing something, a lot of people balk out.
But now’s the time to actually do something. Don’t have money or an online account to donate to one of the more deserving funds? Then (if you’re in Sweden) the Pirate Party could really use your help in getting ballots out to the voting centers. It’s quite simple: visit their site (piratparty.se) and pick a location that suits you, then help out a bit.
It’ll take only a tiny fraction of your time for just over a week.
Now is the time to prove to yourself and others what we can really do.
We outnumber the degenerates at the MAFIAA thousands to one, but all the MAFIAA have is money and corruption
We have the brains and numbers. Now’s the time to use both.
Ryan S – eZee.se
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