Originally Posted by taosaur
It sounds like you are much more interested in thinking nasty thoughts about those you believe have wronged you than you are in actually monetizing your work. People who acquire your work through backchannels have not taken income away from you because you never had the money. What they have done is expressed satisfaction with your work and dissatisfaction with your distribution system. You may feel righteous telling them "My way or the highway!" but technology will not let you make good on that threat. In the meantime you are alienating all those "slime" who may be simultaneously part of your paying audience (obtaining something from pirates does not mean you obtain everything from pirates) and/or may become paying customers if either their circumstances or your distribution methods change.
I think that is true of some, but others just want something for free, no matter how you change your distribution or how much money they make.
They don't give a damn that if enough people took the same view that the software/book/music they enjoy would never have been made and future products likely won't be.
That imo is why it's important that an effort is made to tackle piracy.