sharing is caring

I’m an addict. I am also a libertarian at heart. These usually don’t bode well for me.

Currently, though, I’m having specific issues with not paying for things. I don’t walk into a store and sneakily slide the newest Sims 3 into my coat. But when I notice that the Sims 3 has come out, I immediately type in a simple Google search “Sims 3 torrent.” A list of hundreds of torrents pop up. And I simply pick one. I download the torrent, exit out of the site, and open up uTorrent (a free downloader easily found on the Internet).

It’s an addiction. Welcome to the world of free.

I want a song. Limewire. I want a movie for class. Piratebay. I want the new iLife ’09. uTorrent. I want a book. I go to the library.

I have no problem stealing from the blue chips, from the companies that make so much they don’t know what to do with. I have no problem stealing from a company who made a shitty movie appliation then expects me to pay for an upgrade (cough cough apple cough cough iMovie ’08 cough).

Did you know that most fast food restaurants have a frequent buyer online newsletter? What’s the only good thing about giving away my email address to a company that will most definitely sell the information? Free stuff. Once a month I get hooked up with a BOGO blizzard, free Potato Oles, and dollars off of Quiznos and Qudoba.

 My mantra: why pay when I can find it online for free, or at least cheaper.  Right now there’s no regulation on it. But I know in the future there very well could be. But how can you regulate this sort of thing. These sites are easily searchable. And really, all people are doing is sharing. Is sharing illegal? Didn’t we all learn that sharing was caring. Can we really regulate sharing?

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5 responses to “sharing is caring

  1. I admit to buying copied movies from friends on a monthly basis and renting library books from the public library on a bi-yearly basis.
    My friends use Limewire. My father uses uTorrent. My 8 year-old-sister uses the free coupons from the various fast-food handouts.
    Yes, many do it and tell others how to follow.
    Inflation is the problem, not sharing. When we find the free ways to supply our needs, we jack the prices up for the honest consumers. So when it was $15 to buy a movie, now it’s $20; when it was $20 to buy a game, now it’s $40; when it was two dollars to buy a burger, now it’s five.
    I’d compare the prices on music, but I haven’t bought a CD in years.
    The point: it’s great to get things free, but like in the American slogan reads, freedom isn’t free. Someone always pays.

  2. If I use coupons, does that mean I’m not an honest consumer?

    I might be unusual for our generation, but I don’t download music for free, games for free, or anything else but TV; for that, I admit to using Hulu. However, what’s the difference between me clipping coupons and shopping the sale racks to finding coupons and deals online? If those are offered from the producer, why not use them?

    Obviously, music and other media are a different story.

    • I also don’t download illegally–which may be “wierd.” I mean, I don’t look down upon people who do, but you ought to know that you stealing is a contributing factor to the increase in prices. I guess it’s just part of our world today–if you can get it for free, why not? I’m all about coupons and freebies as well…but I guess I live by the honesty policy on this one.

      As far as regulating file sharing and illegal downloading, I really don’t know how that could be effectively done. I mean the few lawsuits in comparison to actual users of Limewire, ect. have proved a point, but aren’t terrifying enough to stop users from downloading for free.

  3. What’s more right: 1. illegal downloading 2. overpricing? I mean, if items were cheaper, illegal ways wouldn’t be pursued.
    Just like with drugs, illegal markets are available, because there’s a need for them.
    Does overpricing lead to alternative ways to obtain goods and services, like music, movies and freebies from emails (copied over and over).

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