Okay, so first go take a gander at this, and then I'm going to tell you something: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/06/pirated-ebooks-threaten-future-of-serial-novels-warn-authors-maggie-stiefvater
And it costs readers the books they want to read. Ebook thieves are stealing from writers and making it less likely that those series you like will ever be added to. Ever.
@lilithsaintcrow eBooks and video games were the two mediums I would still buy (video games because you're running untrusted code anyway; so why add to the risk with a dodgy torrent).
However with the recent Microsoft book store thing and all the issues with Amazon DRM ... I've started pirating books. If authors sold their books DRM free, I would gladly pay double to them personally. I try to buy their merch if they have podcast or support them some other way, but we need DRM free books.
Even though it is true that piracy is not the same as theft of physical goods, by committing piracy you are denying a livelihood to creators. Just because it is different doesn't make it less wrong.
The Hollywood machine and the software equivalent BSA do their share to drive people to piracy to be sure, but the actual effects of piracy cannot be ignored. It is because of bad people at multiple levels that we can't have nice things without DRM.
>we can't have nice things without DRM.
Music doesn't have DRM today. I buy tons of music off BandCamp. I prefer to buy the same game off HumbleBundle if I can get it DRM free. I'm a minimalist and have lived out of 2 bags for up to a year at a time, and I prefer ebooks to be able to keep notes. But I want to buy a book, not a license to a book that could go away. Give me a DRM free book store, and I will buy. No such service exists. @lilithsaintcrow
@sir I agree with you about the ultimate ineffectiveness of DRM, and the cluelessness of greedy media companies who rely on it. But they have long demonstrated their incompetence to "make piracy the less convenient option". Thus far piracy has done little more than make them double down on DRM and lobbying for oppressive IP laws.
We, as consumers, have to make the choice to use DRM free channels that compensate creators, sometimes at the expense of convenience.
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