Interestingly enough, most of the readers of this blog voted no for “was it a good decision to find P.Bay owners guilty”. Earlier, I had another poll where you could would whether you are making games for a living. Here’s the polls (you can still vote).
Obviously these 2 polls were shown separately earlier, so basically it means that I don’t know how many people voted to both polls, and unfortunately I have pretty no way to tell. Regardless of that, it’s still quite interesting that majority who read about the pirate post voted “bad decision”.
I voted neutral – I don’t know if it was a good thing to punish the owners of Bay.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% non-pirate and I dislike piracy and really think that anybody who currently pirates something, should really consider the consequences of his actions, and maybe if not stop piratism, perhaps (1) suggest how game companies should do things so that everybody wins and (2) meanwhile supporting some developers whenever they can. (Even though I was pirating quite a lot of stuff 10-15 whatnot years ago, I was also buying some stuff and arranging so that I bought some $40 video game together with a group of 4 kids, and each one paid $10, and the one who paid $10 postage got to keep the package and the real CD. The rest of us got a pirate copy.
I know this was not the optimal solution, but for a group of 4 young kids who could have pirated the game, at least we bought one copy legally.
Today I’m not totally against that behavior from those who buy nothing, and if it’s really consistent and as a stepping stone to pirate-free. Of course I’d hope that people would become 100% non-pirates (I’m kind of proud to be 100% “clean” today by the way), but meanwhile taking action and showing support is okay in my opinion.
So, voted neutral…
Okay, got bit carried away. So anyway. I voted neutral for the reason that I don’t know if it’s good to find this guys guilty. I mean, they are now like “martyrs”. They’ve become heroes. And when you get a hero, you get followers. My guess is that piratism might actually become more popular, and that the reason I didn’t vote “yes, was good” is that… I kind of feel that you can also turn the vote upside down. Those who voted “no” might actually be voting “no, this was not good decision because now pirates will have their leaders” – and those who voted “yes” could be about “yes, this was good reason because now we got our leader“.
Or, it could be that “no, this was bad because we (pirates) got punished”. And “yes, it was good because we (developers) got our target”.
Game industry has grown this year (at least here in Finland) even though so called global ‘recession’ (or ‘bad times’ or whatever) is been going on, so that suggests to me that things have been pretty good even with the scale of piratism there might be.
I have zero tolerance to piratism (see also above “kid who wants to stop being a pirate” exception), and I think everybody should aim to having pirate-free computers. With that being said, I think that lawsuits is not going to be the best route (well, of course lawyers will be happy…) to deal with this. Attacking attackers might actually attract more interest, more pirates and lead to spreading of more illegal material. Instead of “trying to fight pirates”, I think we should be “making our product so much better that pirates cannot compete with us or cooperating with them.”
I don’t yet know how, but something tells me that there’s untapped market potential among pirates. Maybe they aren’t ready to pay pretty close to anything, but they sure seem to be interested in clicking ads for example. (Clicking ads alone as a monetization doesn’t probably help much, but I think there’s still room for something unseen innovation here.)
Or, we can just continue fighting against each other and see how many casualties there will be.
So, why you voted yes/no?
With all this being said… I’d wanna hear more reasons why you voted yes/no.
Do you think this was bad because “pirates should freely distribute everything?” Or did you vote ‘no’ because “now pirates will get more popular”? Did you vote ‘yes’ because it was about time that pirates stop having excuses and hide behind laws when they aren’t acting towards the spirit of the copyright laws? Or did you vote ‘yes’ because “now pirates have a heroes to follow”?
Or what was the reason? Why vote yes or no?