Originally Posted by vivaldirules
Although it was funny in one respect, I find it sad that those who choose to engage in piracy often enjoy joking about the issue in an attempt to rationalize their illicit practices.
The joke is always about the surreal nature of digital products and the difference between real-world and digital-world. 'We' pirates know the true value of cultural objects do not lie within the price the owners (not the creators) set for them, but only in the price we are willing to pay. We know that a digital object has no inherent value, so it becomes an exercise in surreality when people talk of 'losses' and 'gains'. The argument against piracy is lost. It's an argument that must forever stick its head in the sand and ignore digital reality to actually work. It's funny to 'us' because when these arguments are made, the people making them may as well be talking about 'Pookas' for all the relevance they have (and no ACTA won't stop it). Comedy grows from pain. Other people's pain. It's the physical-world holdouts in pain that causes us the most hilarity, and sometimes a little joy.
PS. The guy who ran OINK was freed this week and all charges dropped.