Is there such a thing as “the eternal battle between good and bad/evil” when it comes to movie piracy? Or it’s just a matter knowing to stay within the boundaries of the “invisible thin gray line”?
“Is movie piracy good or bad?” is a question that everyone has heard of and knows the answer. But how to answer the question is not as simple as saying “good” or “bad”. Most often, when the question is answered, it is accompanied with an elaborate explanation regardless if they are on the “good side” or “bad side” of the issue.
What is “good” and “bad” on it’s own, not as easy as one may think. The reason why I say this is because one’s association with “good” and “bad” has something to do with what one associates the word “good” and “bad” to and or from. Sometimes, and more than most often, (unfortunately) what is “acceptable” (even when the root is “bad” or “unacceptable”) can be considered by some as something “close to being good”. So, if we were in a Philosophy class and that was the “argument”, would it be safe to say that movie piracy is good since it is widely accepted by society? Or is it due to the lack of understanding and confusion that “piracy” is the same as “privateering”? I don’t think so.
What is “piracy”? I am sure even a three year old knows what pirates do best. However, in my own words and in plain English and in the language a child can understand, “piracy” is a word derived from “pirates” which refers to the manner of how “some thing” is taken from the rightful owner. The best definition of “piracy” that I like best is from Wikipedia: Piracy is a war-like act committed by private parties (not affiliated with any government) that engage in acts of robbery and/or criminal violence at sea. The term can include acts committed in other major bodies of water or on a shore. It does not normally include crimes committed against persons traveling on the same vessel as the perpetrator (e.g. one passenger stealing from others on the same vessel). The term has been used to refer to raids across land borders by non-state agents. Piracy should be distinguished from privateering, which was a legitimate form of war-like activity by non-state actors, authorized by their national authorities, until this form of commerce raiding was outlawed in the 19th century. So, is movie piracy good or bad? Piracy by definition is a robbery, a crime with a certain degree of violence done in “major bodies of water and or shore”. What now?
Well, if some of you folks out there are thinking “what robbery?”, let me enlighten you to what the US department of Justice defines as “robbery” (according to No Nonsense Self Defense). The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody or control from a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear. So what does this have to do with whether or not movie piracy is good or bad? No one is taking anything “of value” from anyone and no one is being “threatened” directly.
Movie piracy is robbery. How? The “shore or body of water” this battle is fought in is very wide. There’s digital copies burned on DVDs and downloaded and streamed in the internet. It is “robbery” because those who made the movies value their work. There is a very big “threat” that most don’t seem to know. When you “steal” their work, it is not only the producers and or actors that you are stealing from. There are a lot of people who are involved and are employed in the making of a movie. From make-up artists to costume designers to assistants and the list goes on. These people go to work and expect to get paid. Sadly, they do not earn as much as the producers and actors, but they are the ones who are greatly affected by movie piracy due to budget cuts.
Is movie piracy good or bad? It is very BAD. It is not only the people who are the movie industry who are affected but the economy as well. Yes we all are affected by it. The movie industry helps shape the economy. There are so many people who are employed in the movie industry and there are countless of companies that work with the movie industry. In short, if you condone movie piracy and or do it yourself, think about yourself. Would you want to work and not be paid? Would you give your best at work, abe okay with the fact that your idea will be stolen and there is no chance of any form of compensation?