There’s one thing software pirates haven’t really thought about. They argue that software needs to be free “since it’s not stealing”. Even if somebody spent tons of time to create the software, it’s okay to use it for free. And it’s even okay to show ads on your pirate site, and get revenues. That’s what the Prison Bay is doing – and people say it’s totally cool.
So, with that logic – it’s okay for me to steal all the code/art/assets you’ve done, put them somewhere (outside my servers) and collect ad revenues. If you have code a game, I could rip all the art and use them in my game – since that’s not stealing.
Let’s suppose you are in favor for piratism. You think it’s okay to pirate games. And, you currently make free games (flash or downloadable, doesn’t matter).
Now, would it be okay if I’d pirate your game, and then use it totally free in my site (but so that the actual game is not hosted on my server, but rather as torrent file on users servers – I just link there) and then I switch your ads to my ads. I’d be pirating your code, and I would get all the ad revenues.
If you think that “it’s okay to pirate games” (even if it means that some people will lose their income), then naturally you must also accept that it’s okay to pirate any “code” (and art) and use your code and art in my game – right?
I mean, if you create a picture. It’s not really that I’m stealing your picture. You still have it. I just go out and show the pic (hosted in some free image hosting site for example) to my site visitors, and get revenues from ads.
That’s totally okay, right?