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 living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files“.

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