A thought about piracy

To copy things was once a dream

Centuries ago, making a copy of something was extremely important... and tremendously exhausting. Without printers, not only books were handwritten, their copies had to be handwritten too. The risk of losing a piece of work was so high it could not be overlooked for a second. And as a matter of fact, fires and wars have extinguished so many works that we will never be able to know how much we have already lost.

These days, however, the verb 'copy' has become so easy to carry out that people seem to have forgotten why man struggled to be able to copy things in first place. Copies were first made to preserve original things from unrecoverable destruction. Years later, the invention of the printer, allowed copies to be manufactured to help people spread their knowledge and help societies beat illiteracy and grow.

Decades later, when industrialization gave birth to the word 'standard', copies were made to offer everybody the same product at the same price. Ironically, these days the world has become so standardized that companies are making big efforts to help people get personalized products again. Nevertheless, the act of copying doesn't seem to be starting to decline, on the contrary.

It does not have to become a nightmare

These days, standardization of processes has allowed man to produce and distribute copies in a scale he could never imagine before. There is only one problem about it: the same copies that allow presentations to be held with a folder with data for every attendant, or the copies that allow letters to be sent to hundreds of people at the same time have become a nightmare for art and intellectual work. A writer can take years to write a new novel you can copy in ten minutes, a singer can take the same time to launch a new CD you can share in a couple of hours.

Didn't your mother tell you that getting another person's property without permission was theft? Haven't anyone told you piracy is not legal? Man invented machines and processes to copy things to help you make copies of what you produce... not to allow you to get copies of other people's works without paying for them.

Think about it.


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