Stupid Things Pirates Say

There are smart pirates. But we’ve all heard the other ones. You know the ones. So, let’s make a “greatest hits” collection, and then some crushing responses.

I’ll kick things off on the collection, but you all chime in.

— You don’t lose anything when I make a copy. You still have your copy.
— When I share copies of your work, more people read it. You should be thanking me.
— Anything you post on the web is in the public domain, and there is no copyright on it.
— Everyone knows that piracy doesn’t hurt sales. The pirates wouldn’t buy it anyway.
— Authors/publishers are all rich anyway. I can’t afford to pay what you want, so you owe it to me to give it to me for free.
— I’m just using it to study or teach, so I can copy anything I want as many times as I want, because educational uses are all fair use.

7 Responses to “Stupid Things Pirates Say”

  1. Gloria Wolk says:

    If you’re a consumer advocate, you shouldn’t charge for your books.

    • Gloria Wolk says:

      When is the last time you came across a consumer advocate who was homeless? It costs money to do research and takes time, before the information is placed in a book, which also costs money to manufacture. Only a trust fund baby could afford to gift these, and trust fund babies rarely become consumer advocates.

  2. Stupid Things Pirates Say

    I’m sorry pirates? You mean we all have ships sail the high seas, kill pillage maime and throw people overboard into shark infested waters?

    I’m no pirate and 99% of people are not pirates we don’t have our own ships or steal or kill. Yes a pirate steals things, actually takes the item and leaves the person without it.

    Now if you use the term robin hood great! We take from the rich and give away freely to the poor. Now that’s more like what people are like.

    If you’re doing research start with using the correct term, people are file sharers they share digital content in their billions. There’s your first start. Getting the actual term correct before you even bother to continue.

    • Give me a break: it’s a colloquialism, and you know what is meant.

      When you take a copy, you leave the owner of the RIGHT TO COPY without control of that right. When you buy a printed book, you never get the right to make duplicates of it. Everyone knows that. You buy the right to THAT ONE COPY.

      Same thing with an ebook. You get the right to read it. You get whatever rights the license in the book gives you — print or ebook. That was always true. It still is.

      The new tech means that we need to spell out what those rights are, but the limitations on your right to use a work were always embedded in the purchase.

      Most publishing staff have to work a second job to afford a shared apartment. Writers, too. There are no fat cats here. Get a grip on reality. You’re stealing from people who are almost certainly less well off than you are.

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  4. I am going to say something to those pirates here and now; why don’t they say about pirating a book to my face. That’s stealing from my table as I am on a fixed income and all I am trying to do is make the light bill. You pirate someone’s work and you’re opening a door for that to be plagiarized; Illinois is home of the home publishing business. We operate out of our homes on laptops or desktops.

    Marion, I am going to say something about these pirates — some of them are writers themselves and one of was a fucking high school teacher. I caught an author trying to get a pirated copy of The Pattern of Diagnosis and then it got plagiarized. I seen Michael B. Mullig aka say half the shit you’ve shared on here. Book pirates are a plagiarist best friend.

    • Plagiarism isn’t as big a problem for most books, but it is a problem. I’m not sure how that connects to piracy. After all, you don’t need to pirate a book to plagiarize it. You don’t even need to re-type the whole thing. All you need to do is OCR the thing, and upload it. But plagiarism for profit is extraordinarily easy to kill. It is, after all, harder to sell a plagiarized work than it is to sell the original. But you have to have it up on the same retail sites. So, any alert author will see it, and can easily get all of those sites to take the book down, as well as to hand over the details about the publisher and author. That makes the lawsuit simple, and if the copyright registration of the original was done in the normal way, then you get statutory damages on the order of $150,000 per incident. That means you can get an IP attorney to take the case on contingency.

      So, plagiarism of entire books is not a big problem in the US, piracy or not.

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