Friday, November 16, 2012

Effects of Piracy on small business owners

This is a sad, true post by the developer behind 9 Volt Audio. To many of us who use sample libraries, it's a very cool piece of software that gives us the sounds for our music. Rarely do we actually create our own samples - few of us actually have the knowledge, much less the capability of playing such instruments - but the fact is it takes ALOT of time, money, experience and effort to create such a product.

And because of this product being pirated, it directly affects the livelihoods of the people who are behind it. Many suggestions have been proposed, like using better copy protection schemes or utilizing dongle based protection.

I personally think that piracy can only be slowed down by these methods; to solve this issue we need to look at the roots of the problem, and piracy exists because there are people who exists who do not want to pay and prefer to get it for "free".

For me, I feel that this is moral/social issue. like people growing up and not taught that piracy is stealing, and it hurts other people? Or even worse, they understand it, but do it anyways. And in this case, it hurts the people behind 9 Volt Audio very, very directly.

I wish I could do more, but I have no idea how short of just spreading the word.

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