Goodbye, Pirating

I was not quite there yet.

Although all my digital music and movie downloads are now legal, only most of my television show downloads are. I obtained Naruto from a popular fansub and I obtained Doctor Who just as quickly as it became available Saturday afternoons, using a wonderful program called TVTAD.

But no more.

Stealing is stealing. Stealing is not the appropriate response to content providers who have yet to make their content available legally on the Internet. If I am going to say anything more about this in the future, then I better make damn sure I am on the appropriate moral ground to do so. Therefore, I have uninstalled TVTAD and deleted all the past episodes of Naruto and Doctor Who I had stored.

Goodbye, pirating. The activity brought me great enjoyment and near-instant gratification. But if content providers do not want to put their content up for the world to enjoy, legally, then I do not need their content. I will also no longer respond by stealing their content. And when they do offer their content legally, then I will have something to look forward to as I get caught back up.

Oh, and creators of Doctor Who: stop ragging on transhumanists with your silly plots! The Doctor himself is an enhanced and incredibly capable entity. Why are enhanced capabilities okay for him but not for humans? Come on now!

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).

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