Piracy myths debunked #3 “Piracy is inevitable”

Piracy can’t be stopped?

Yeah, right.

Maybe there is no magic bullet yet that can turn assholes into decent human beings, but that doesn’t mean assholes can continue to be assholes with impunity forever.

Piratical enterprises can be targeted and they can be driven from center stage.


And the latest twist in the Pirate Bay’s slow cockroach-like demise:

Maybe it’s time to run up a white flag, or go down with the ship?


The tide is turning. Sorry, pirates, safe harbors are on the way out. Rampant illegal exploitation of creative work is not inevitable or unstoppable. A combo of law enforcement and convenient legal alternatives will reverse the abuses of the recent past.


This won’t break the Internet. But it will create a more decent environment where true innovation and community can flourish without the taints of theft and exploitation.

About Costa Botes

I'm a freelance film maker based in Wellington, New Zealand. I make mainly long form independent documentaries about characters I find interesting.
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7 Responses to Piracy myths debunked #3 “Piracy is inevitable”

  1. truth says:

    ya piracy has rlly ended i can tell from the millions of movies and games being pirated everyday now being more rampant than ever. i remember 5 years back when people didnt even know you could get free games. now everyone knows how to torrent.

    SUCK IT.

    • Costa Botes says:

      I don’t think I said anywhere that piracy has “rilly ended”. I’m afraid it’s your good self that is sucking it. Sucking up the hard work of people who have devoted themselves to being the best they can be. For what? Apparently, to gratify a whole lot of miserable Freetards whose only talent is pushing buttons at meaningful intervals. I suggest you meditate on your juvenile anarchistic notions. Perhaps an idea might come to you that is actually your own. Treasure it.

  2. you’re still whining about pirates and THE PIRATE BAY’s ship is still sailing…hahahahaha

    • Costa Botes says:

      Well, it’s a long game Commander Kim. Not over yet. The Pirates may still be sailing, but it’s under a black flag. They’ll be fish food in the end. At least I do my whining under my own name.

  3. Costa Botes says:

    And are those jolly rogers really pirates? Or cops hiding under funny hats? Roll your dice and see ‘Commander’ …


  4. Damascus_ari says:

    Hmm. It’s 2017, and the floodgates are still so wide open you can’t see where they end…

    • Costa Botes says:

      True. Partly due to technical capabilities of pirates, but mostly due to legislative paralysis. It’s a massive grey area of thought and action. Despite the weight of empirical data supporting the thesis that piracy harms productive enterprises and individual creators, the tech lobby continues to promulgate hypnotic myths about the value of their parasitical radioactive business models. The truth is already starting to filter through to lawmakers and the general public, however. Allowing thieves to thrive is a devil’s bargain. More is lost communally than gained individually. The Wild West didn’t last forever. This dismal age of rampant piracy will be rolled up and forgotten too, because it’s wasteful of human resources, immoral, and wrong.

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