Saturday, August 18, 2012

Never pay anyone who shakes you down over piracy

For some reason I wasn't aware that this was becoming common.  I knew about "your computer is infected by a virus so pay us to make it go away" scams, but not "we caught you pirating music and tv shows so pay us or we'll sue you" scams.  And I'm not talking about "legitimate" plaintiffs, but random internet thieves.

In the end, it's no difference in my mind whether it's random internet thieves or the thieves of the RIAA and MPAA--in neither case will any extortion money you pay them go the the artists themselves, so any possible moral rationale for knuckling under does not exist.

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