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Piracy and ‘The Slap’

November 14, 2011

I’m  dead set against piracy and filesharing. For some reason, people seem to think there is a distinction between theft of physical property and theft of intellectual property. There is no distinction, apart from the fact that it is far easier to steal IP.

However, the thing that really gets me angry is when people try to justify piracy. Here’s the most recent offensive justification from somebody calling themselves Fr3ak talking about the ABC TV show ‘The Slap’:

“Far from detracting from the attractiveness of said content, we actively promoted the creative industries of our countries and we believe that some of these shows would never have had such commercial availability if they had not first been available on Diwana.org or indeed countless other sites around the internet.”

(See http://www.zdnet.com.au/the-slap-leads-to-piracy-site-shut-down-339326077.htm).

These people don’t seem to appreciate or care about the time, effort and creativity that has been expended on the piece of music, film, book, software or whatever it is that they are stealing. If you take something like ‘The Slap‘, its a beautifully written and acted show, and huge numbers of people will have spent countless hours working on it. The ABC is Australia’s public broadcaster, which means all Australians lose out through these acts of piracy, because it has the potential to reduce or even jeopardise overseas sales of the show. Less revenue means less money for the ABC to invest in new programs, which has obvious flow on effects for the local film and television industry and the people working in it.

Fr3ak is the one deserving a slap.

(Pictured: “Pirate Deck at Club Earl”, Earl-What I saw 2.0, available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License 2.0 license.)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2011 10:34 am

    Good response from AFACT in The Age this morning:

    “The only way we can have a sustainable content industry in Australia so that more quality content like The Slap can be created is if producers and rights holders are able to sell the rights to local productions both in Australia and overseas,” AFACT said.

    http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/aussie-expats-tv-torrent-site-shut-down-as-the-slap-producers-intervene-20111115-1ng2p.html

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