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 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?