To: JG <[email protected]
From: Sharon Stevenson <[email protected]
Subject: [Expatriate] Re: Piracy comments
EXCELLENT!! Well roared, Lion! I would only add that my too many years here have convinced me that a large part of "underdevelopment" is the lack of the firm conviction that the Golden Rule is a major key to progress. The Bible version was most elegant: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And I would add: for the good of us all.
But here in Peru it's expressed in the negative. Don't do to others what you don't want done to you. I tell my Peruvian friends that means if you see an old lady trying to cross the street, you're not going to push her into traffic. But the European/prostestant version, i.e. the positive version, demands that you help the oldster, because when you're old and in that situaton, you've going to want someone to help you. This attitude helped to make European and American cultures great, imho. I really feel a great deal of Peruvian woes are inflicted because the great majority of the people, just don't have any idea that this is the way that one should live in order for everyone to progress.
The negative corollary I would say should be: don't impede others, which here is certainly almost unknown on the streets, and is justified in other spheres by the attitude, what's good for me, is good. If someone else has to move aside or make way for me, en buena hora. Period. I think it takes a tremendous hidden toll, whether it's the gasoline/wear & tear/time lost when you have to slow down when someone forces you to break on the highway, or ignores stop signs, etc., or when someone makes you wait because they're late, perhaps habitually, for an appointment. Etc.etc.
And re piracy it's clear. Do you want people to steal and deny you revenues for something that you produced and should be paid for? No. So don't do it to others. Period.
Again, Jodie. Very well stated!
I felt it necessary to put my two cents in here, as I made a personal choice a long time ago not to support anything that was pirated, and I want to explain why.
This situation is not a question of costs. It is a question of rights and responsibilities.
Since when is it anyone's RIGHT to watch a movie without paying for it?
Since when is it MY RIGHT to steal something, just because I may not have the money to buy it legally?
Since when has the RIGHT to have consumable goods that one wants but can't pay for, existed?
We are not talking about food or medicine here, although some people have mentioned medicine and implied that it is two sides of the same coin. But two wrongs don't make a right! If the pharmaceutical companies 'stole' from the people of the jungle, then we must ensure everything possible is done to have them PAY for what they have taken. Not steal from them in return!
And anyway, we are talking about movies, computer games and the like. Hardly things which are necessary for a healthy life!
They are entertainment consumables. And since when did having them become a right? Until I could afford these things, I just didn't have them. Did I feel hard done by? Of course! Did I steal from people to get them? Of course NOT!
Because stealing is stealing. Just as integrity is integrity.
One cannot steal only a little and think that one can avoid being called a thief. One cannot forget ones integrity while witnessing or doing something wrong and then still think that one still has any! Integrity isn't a jumper that one can put on and take off at will.
A person either has it or doesn't. The size of their paycheck (or lack thereof) is rarely relevant to this situation.
The major purchasers of pirated videos etc are not poor people who are struggling to buy food and pay rent. They are people with disposable income who are choosing how to dispose of it. They are choosing to have 5 pirated movies for the cost of one real one.
It is a choice and a conscious choice.
I will never knowingly support pirated material of any kind. Not because I agree with what the big corporations are doing, but because I know that fighting what they are doing cannot be truly achieved by stealing from them. It gives them the moral highground.
I therefore have the RESPONSIBILITY to make wise choices about how I use my disposable income.
I have the RESPONSIBILITY to always act with integrity.
I must do everything I can to stop those who try to steal from others, and I must acknowlege that I am RESPONSIBLE for allowing them to do so if I do not speak out against them.
Please think about these comments the next time someone tries to tell you that it is the right of everyone to watch a recently released movie or play the new playstation game in a pirated format, just because they don't have the money to buy the original.