My thoughts on The Pirate Bay

Written by Benke on the 17th of April 2009 at 15:08

Today the ruling from the first Pirate Bay trial came in... One year in prison and 30 million SEK (less than €3 million) in damages. The ruling will of course be challenged and we will be bored by another trial in a not too distant future.

Why should we care? Does piracy destroy the gaming industry? Is The Pirate Bay an ideological movement or just cheap ass consumers?

Do we even have to care about it? The issue is not really about The Pirate Bay... They were not the first and won't be the last. I don't even think they have any true ideology. Either you are an anarchist all the way or you are not. You can't just choose to be an anarchist when it comes to certain goods or services. That's my opinion anyway, but then again I tend to side with society.

Personally I don't think piracy is that much of an issue in the gaming industry. It's always been there and while it has affected individual games and companies harshly over the years the industry has managed to survive and grow. I also think that the gaming industry tackles the piracy issue as a technological issue, and I think that is the way to go.

There will always be ways for people to get a hold of copyrighted materials. To a certain extent it is vital for democracy and for keeping those who hold the rights from charging excessive amounts for access. I can pay my way, and I proudly do so, but when corporations prevent me from accessing things I want to see in timely manner... well, I'm not going to sit around and wait.

Do I cry over the people involved with The Pirate Bay? Not really, they knew all along what their were going up against. The problem is that they flew too close to the sun and their wings melted. I think a certain degree of piracy will always be tolerated, but make it too accessible and you will be taken down. The powers in place just won't allow it to be too widespread. Is it justice? Is it fair? That's stupid questions that I leave it to other stupid people to answer.