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« on: June 19, 2017, 11:34:40 am »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeTybKL1pM4

They say 'Copying is not Theft'.  I say 'IS TOO !'.

Seriously their one argument is so paper-thin as to be mockable.  You can't "steal" Intellectual Property because it still exists after you took it.  False analogy.

I hope nobody here steals IP, seriously.  If so shame on you....

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Re: Download Culture
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 12:17:47 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeTybKL1pM4

They say 'Copying is not Theft'.  I say 'IS TOO !'.

Seriously their one argument is so paper-thin as to be mockable.  You can't "steal" Intellectual Property because it still exists after you took it.  False analogy.

I hope nobody here steals IP, seriously.  If so shame on you....

I agree, downloading or streaming media is theft.    I know people who stream content; their income hovers right around the poverty level and so if they can get free or near free content, good on them.  It's not like the media companies aren't making profits of billions even with content theft.   Of course, not everyone who illegally streams does so because they can't afford the cost of cable or to go out to a movie, but as long as we have a capitalistic society, we're going to have people who steal what the capitalists are selling.   




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Re: Download Culture
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2017, 12:19:27 pm »
There's enough free content out there for the poor to watch. 

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 01:05:11 pm »
There's enough free content out there for the poor to watch.

Perhaps, but when I had no TV and was looking for free content, I didn't find much.   I now have basic cable again, but not HBO and I notice that I used to be able to get John Oliver on YouTube, but the last time I tried HBO had made it near impossible to watch.   No more free John for me.  I can access old stuff pretty easily, but rarely find anything current.   

Was talking to someone yesterday who called himself geeky, and accesses Hulu, which isn't broadcast in Canada.   Pretty sure that it's contrary to Hulu's terms of use to watch their content in Canada.  Would you consider this 'theft' as well?   

Perhaps the difference between us is that corporations so often behave immorally that I'm not too concerned if a few people get away with stealing from them.   Having said that, I prefer to pay for my content because I think there is also a slippery slope - somebody has to pay because if enough people don't, there won't be anything for anyone.   And especially for programs I really enjoy, like Game of Thrones, I think it's important to pay for that.   Thus, once a year I sign up for HBO, watch GOT, and then maybe keep it going a couple more months, then cancel my subscription again.   
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Re: Download Culture
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017, 02:54:43 pm »
I have no cable subscription, and internet out here in the sticks is slower than I'd like (though very manageable about just under 10MBPS - supposed to get better soon.  That means I pay for what I can with Netflix and Crave - there are some things that I just can't ger around doing though.  Sometimes I use Bell anywhere from a friend.  Other times I have to download things.