Piracy is one of my pet hates. Being somebody that has a passion for the entertainment industry, it feels like a personal attack when people steal things and think it’s perfectly fine. I’ve had this argument with my friends countless times, and although they often admit that it’s wrong, they justify it to themselves and continue anyway.
Although piracy has definitely hurt, and continues to hurt the financial potential of the industry – especially for the smaller guys trying to make ends meet – there are some positives that have come out of it. Movie and music releases are now almost simultaneous in all the countries around the world. Companies like Apple have recognised the importance of bringing legitimate ways to buy content to as many places as possible as quickly as possible. This was last seen where Apple introduced Apple Music to over 100 countries at once.
Producers of shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones have seen their show’s popularity spike as the seasons go on thanks to it spreading via pirated sharing. As content producers we get really excited that people love what we make and that more and more people are watching it. But that doesn’t make piracy, a.k.a stealing, any more right. So whilst I may be in the minority. I will continue to pay for my music, go to the cinema and watch my series on TV because I want to support the people who have worked so hard to give me entertainment I love.