Why people pirate stuff

1. I don’t want to pay for it.

That’s the most common reason why people do piracy and it fuels the biggest torrent websites in the world. People just want the movies and tv shows for free. And they are quick enough to grab the opportunity facilitated by the torrent websites and other online platforms. This causes financial damage to the content creators.

2. I can’t afford it.

Not all the online pirates out there are doing just because they don’t want to pay money for the content they want to consume. Some of them may not be in the position to purchase it. A good example is of Adobe Photoshop, a name synonymous to photo editing, just like the iPod was for every music player in the past. Photoshop doesn’t come cheap, so, some people prefer obtaining it from elsewhere.

The defenders of copyright infringement would say, leave it if you can’t afford it. One has to agree with that, you can’t just download a premium software for free just because you can’t afford it. An argument can be made that some of them might become Photoshop experts and actually go on to purchase it in the future. But one can’t just take home an expensive guitar just because there is a possibility of him becoming a world-class guitarist in the future.

3. It’s not available in my region

This is a major rationale many people head to torrent websites. The creators of the content restrict the availability in some regions and the population remains deprived of it. Some people just can’t accept it and make efforts to fight against the discrimination.

If a friend says, hey there is this awesome TV show I have been watching lately in which people are fighting for a throne, a person might have the craving to watch it. She would immediately turn on the television to check the showtime but comes to know that the show doesn’t air in her country. The person would search for it on the internet and may be turned down by the restricted region tag.

If the friend keeps telling her that how good the show is, she might end up downloading it illegally.

4. It gets delayed in my country

Some production studios and softwareTheOatmeal companies delay the availability rather than blocking the access to it. Some people don’t have the patience to wait till the content actually arrives in their region.

5. I find it hard to purchase.

The motivation of such pirates lies in the distribution system of the content creators. For example, a particular tv show might be exclusive to cable networks but a person is having a Netflix or Hulu plan. He might not go for a cable subscription just to watch a single show. He may end up finding it on torrent websites.


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