Avast, ye Scurvy Scallywags!

Adobe Audition is the 7th most pirated software program in the world.

Other Adobe apps are up there on the list as well, as you can imagine. Believe it or not, I’m not about to launch into a rant on software piracy, but I just wanted to share some thoughts on the issue.

We all pirate intellectual property at one point or another, be it a song download, or copying software, or whatever. Of course, I’ve done it myself (although not the song downloads, I’ve always had a stick up my rear-end about that one). But at the point where you’re making money off the intellectual property, it’s time to buck up.

Big software companies like Adobe make good money, and piracy is something that comes with the territory. But to me, it’s more of an ethical issue. I’ve always made my living from intellectual property — first music then video & film, now software. As a personal thing, I couldn’t live with myself if I were not paying for the right to have my favorite band sing to me on my I-Pod, or for the tools that enable me to make a living. If you make a living from software, the time has come to buy it. Even if you’ve got low cash flow there’s always a way to make it happen. By doing this you truly become part of the “ecosystem” of creative software.

Things like music and software don’t have a the same type of “tangibility consciousness” in the general public to mean the same thing as a “hard good.” So it’s socially acceptable, albeit illegal., to pirate. People getting rich off intellectual property have no right to bitch and moan, but it’s really not about that. It’s about a mindset that needs to change — and it will, over time, as the global economy becomes more IP driven over the coming years.

Stepping down from the soapbox now . . .

One Response to Avast, ye Scurvy Scallywags!

  1. Charles Lai says:

    Bob,If you’ve ever traveled to the Far East you can personally see how IP is treated. It’s a tough issue to deal with because of the political and trade ties we have with those counties (especially China). Trying to change the mindset will be very difficult since “sharing knowledge” via the tenets of Confucianism is how many Chinese see the free for all distribution of IP. Here are some interesting links to look at:http://www.getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/ga-2002-07-15.htmlSlate has had a great series of articles concerning DVD piracy:http://www.slate.com/id/2114505/http://www.slate.com/id/2115921/http://www.slate.com/id/2116629/