I’m not saying that we are all criminals for participating in file sharing. It is my hope that content distributors will start to realize why people pirate. That it isn’t just because it is free. It’s also goddamned convenient. They need to accept that times have changed. We don’t want to buy their DVDs. We don’t want overpriced cable bundles with 40 channels we will never watch. Photoshop should not cost 700 goddamn dollars. We want safe, reliable content available for download instantly and priced within reason. By not providing this, distributors are almost begging people to steal their shit.
As so eloquently put by Frogman.
Steam is a fantastic example of this. Big media really need to start thinking outside of the box, get with the times, and comprehend fully the changing landscape.
Creative media developers also need to realise that increasingly large numbers of what would once have been considered ‘lay people’ are now very much competent in the use of complex creative software, only they don’t have the budgets of professional studios to be able to afford the absurd price tags attached to products such as Photoshop and Macromedia software.