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Pirates!

March 1, 2011

Really interesting spin on the usual “software pirating is stealing authors’/musicians’ money” type of article: Top 10 Pirated eBooks at the Pirate Bay. The authors of the article are commenting on a piece written by journalist David Carnoy, about how there is an increase in the number of kindle ebooks being pirated.

They went on to compile a list of the top 10 pirated ebooks at the Pirate Bay (a popular file sharing website):

1. 1000 Photoshop Tips and Tricks
2. Advanced Sex: Explicit Positions for Explosive Lovemaking
3. What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper?: 200 Curious Questions
4. Photoshop CS5 All-in-One For Dummies
5. What Rich People Know & Desperately Want to Keep a Secret-
6. 101 Short Cuts in Maths Any One Can Do
7. Touch Me There!: A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots
8. How to Blow Her Mind in Bed
9. 1001 Math Problems
10. How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds Or Less

The comments in the article are the usual bickering about how pirating is good and/or bad, but this comment by “angel strand” is funny: “It’s all so human…how do I make love, get rich and fix those stupid holiday photos…as well as help my kid with homework.”

This topic makes me wonder what kind of further damage is done by pointing out that you can pirate ebooks. There are probably a lot of people saying, “Huh, I never thought of that!” and running off to steal some ebooks for themselves.

It is a serious situation, though. The more that content goes digital, the more it will be protected by DRM, which everyone hates. But the DRM will be necessary as long as people will illegally share digital files, and I don’t know how that will ever stop since it’s so easy without DRM. Even with DRM, there are plenty of kids who figure out how to get around it. It’s a rough situation, all in all. It’s been going on for at least a decade without really any new solutions.

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