We've heard a lot about "piracy" in the last few months. But as you'd expect, there's a lot of confusion, particularly by the folks doing the name-calling, about what pirates really are.
Pirates aren't petty thieves, snatching a video or two from the local video rental shop. Pirates were (and are) after the big kill: the galleons filled with gold from the new world, the oil tanker that can be held for a few million dollars in ransom. If we're going to talk seriously about piracy, it's not kids downloading the odd song or TV episode, nor is it third-world software developers downloading the ebooks that I've edited and written. That's shoplifting at worst, and while I'm not going to condone shoplifting, it's a cost of doing business, and not a particularly large one.
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