There's absolutely nothing acceptable about piracy. It's stealing. Period.
Part of the entertainment industry's piracy problem, however, is of their own doing. It's not hard to rationalize "taking from" some boorish millionaire actor or musician who's out there railing against millionaires and income inequality.
So many people dislike every aspect of the entertainment business and those who work in it that "ripping them off" through the purchase of, say, a George Lucas film from an illegal alien in the parking lot of a Best Buy kinda feels righteous. I know because I've done it, though that was the only time. And since it was for work, I even wrote it off on my taxes.
The one-percenters in our entertainment class are constantly out there ripping on the rich, and then they turn around and crybaby because some 99-percenter cost them a residual.
This just doesn't compute.
Hollywood is breeding and encouraging the very same entitlement and resentment mentality that costs them millions.
Yes, piracy is wrong, but cry me a river, hypocrites.
At a White House event today, Attorney General Eric Holder, IP czar Victoria Espinel and others unveiled the latest effort to sound the alarm about copyright theft.
A PSA campaign, produced in partnership with MTV, features singer Addie Brownlee playing guitar at a subway stop, but instead of putting money into her guitar case, passersby take it out.
"When you download music illegally, you are stealing from musicians, songwriters and people like Addie who are denied payment for work that is rightfully theirs," the narrator says.
And here's the video that takes forever to make its point