First off, there -are- valid reasons for P2P clients that have nothing to do with "illegal file sharing". These reasons make up a very small portion of the people who use them though. Fact is, when someone is talking about torrents or peer to peer downloads, they're almost always referring to downloading music/movies/games for free.
Now I will say that I don't support or encourage downloading games for free. Ever notice how, over the years, your local game stores have shifted from an evenly distributed amount of computer/console games to now having 5-10 shelves per console and one, MAYBE two lonely PC game shelves? There's a reason. If you've ever downloaded -NEW- PC games that were still available for retail sale, or burned a copy of a friend's disk, then -you- are part of that reason.
Now, and I realize I'm being a smidge hypocritical here, but I also believe that as far as movies and music... Fair game.
When it comes to music, it seems that many groups will happily charge you $15-20 for a CD with 10-15 songs on it. Of those 10-15 songs, how often is it that you like every track? Have you ever found yourself buying a CD (or downloading it) and finding that you like less than a quarter?
Download the songs. If you like the music, then support your favorite bands by buying their CDs if and only if you feel the CD as a whole is worth the price. Alternatively, you can buy the tracks separately but they usually have DRM protection on them.
As for movies... it seems like they've got a **** of a racket. 10 bucks per person for tickets to see it in theaters (plus overprices snacks, soda, popcorn), and they want another $20-25 to buy it when it comes out on DVD.
Now, I know I'm going to come off as seeming overly entitled here, but as someone who currently has $37 in my bank account and needs to make that stretch till the end of this week... I really couldn't care less if actors who make multimillion dollar paychecks and live in multimillion dollar houses have to suffer. If you're making $20,000,000 a year and people downloading your movies causes you to lose HALF of that, you know what? That's still 10 million dollars that many people would be GLAD to have.
The thing that has always bothered me about the record industries and the actors who complain about people not wanting to pay to see/hear their work is that they charge way to friggin much when they already make plenty of money.
Let's check Ticketmaster, shall we?
KISS concert - up to $1000 per seat.
Roger Waters - up to $750 per seat.
Justin ******* talentless hack Bieber - up to $350 per seat (I need to wash my hard drive with bleach just for looking that up)
(Amusing sidenote: the capcha on ticketmaster.com was "con Napster". I'm not kidding.)
Did you know that Charlie Sheen was making 800,000 PER EPISODE for Two and a Half Men and almost didn't come back for another season because the season 11 raise he was initially offered was NOT ENOUGH? CBS had to offer him 1.8 MILLION DOLLARS PER EPISODE to get him to stay on.
Think that's bad, Oprah earns even more. She rakes in over 2 million dollars per episode. For a ******* talk show. Hey ABC: I'll happily talk to celebrities for an hour and give away cars for a sparse 1% of that. Give me a call.
You know who I feel bad for? I feel bad for the bit part actors, the roadies, all the people behind the scenes who earn tiny paychecks while the "leading man" (or woman) walks away with millions of dollars and it's STILL not enough for them.
Do you remember the MLB strike? People who throw (and swing at) small round projectiles were whining because anywhere from a couple hundred thousand for a benchside seat to the game to several million just to hit the **** thing was NOT ENOUGH for these greedy ***** either. You know what happens when they go on strike? All the concession stand vendors, the people who make their living selling hot dogs and souvenir hats -can't- work. People who are earning $15,000-25,000 a year are out of work until a bunch of spoiled millionaires get a raise. Ain't that a *****?
Now I'm not saying you shouldn't support your game developers/actors/recording artists of choice. If you like a movie, or if you like a band, or if you like a game, PAY for it. You paying for it tells them you like it. Telling them you like it tells them to make more of it, and since you like it, you want more of it, right?
However, I, for one, am sick of people who make so much money that their GRANDKIDS will never have to work a day in their lives, and they have the NERVE to whine and ***** about people who earn 50, 40, even 30k or less a year who "steal our work".
Take your multi million dollar mansions and your 10 car garages and shove em up your ***.
Mikhalia: and FWIW, my posts are 95% helpful, informative, or funny.
Mikhalia: only 5% or less of my posts are utter crap.
Tyapex: 393 posts of utter crap...
Mikhalia: Sounds about right.