Do we ever really own things anymore??
See, with all these things on the internet, there’s not really a need for one to BUY things:
If I would like to watch a movie/tv show, I simply type the name into my preferred search engine and I find a link (or three) that not only gives me the option to watch it online but also to download it if I choose to do so.
If I would like to listen to a particular song, I no longer have to go and buy the album, I can either buy the song on iTunes – or a similar app – or use the myriad of other options to just listen to it online (SoundCloud, LastFM, Youtube, etc) or download it – usually through a downloader of the aforementioned sites (I needn’t tell you how many life-hacks can be found on the internet).
Now, that being said: with how easy it is to get things – regardless how fraudulently – are anti-piracy campaigns enough? Is this a problem that can be fixed purely by talking about how severe the consequences for getting caught are?
I think the incentive/s for buying things should be changed – owning something has lost its meaning.
My father used to tell me that he bought vinyls – and then tapes and then CDs – because of the satisfaction that he could play his favourite song whenever HE wanted without having to rely on the radio – clearly, the reliance has been lowered; actually, it’s almost non-existent.
As to what incentives can be introduced, I don’t know yet, I just know that we’re causing ourselves more stress and wasting time and money on campaigns to stop piracy whilst actually doing nothing real about it – kind of like what they’re doing to get rid of drugs. . . but we’re not getting into that.
Well, I hope you’ve got some solutions; I know I spend a lot of time coming up with some – let’s hope we collectively stop drawing blanks.
May the light in all things be with you.