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http://www.next-gen.biz/news/gdc-201...ecraft-creator

"Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson told the closing session at GDC’s Indie Games Summit yesterday that the notion of piracy as theft is false."

I don't know how I feel about it. I've tended to always take the anti-piracy side, but I thought some on here might be interested in hearing a unique perspective for a dev. studio. I can see the same argument that's been voiced here in the forums before, but it's surprising to here it from an actual company's mouth.

Please keep things civilized.
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post #2 of 42
ive seen this posted before last week
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Pirate games and the company loses the opportunity to earn an extra $50-60, out of millions they've already made.
Pirate music and that "artist" loses what, pocket change? Not even that. As if they need more money to waste.

I see what the article writer is getting at and I do agree.
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no, but its freeloading
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First time this was posted it got locked

prepare for the same to happen again
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I don't see why this thread should be locked. ??? Am I missing something?
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I don't either...
did the thread get out of hand?
    
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Pirate games and the company loses the opportunity to earn an extra $50-60, out of millions they've already made.
Pirate music and that "artist" loses what, pocket change? Not even that. As if they need more money to waste.

I see what the article writer is getting at and I do agree.
Yea, I'm sure the developer sees the full $50 - $60
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Pirate games and the company loses the opportunity to earn an extra $50-60, out of millions they've already made.
Pirate music and that "artist" loses what, pocket change? Not even that. As if they need more money to waste.

I see what the article writer is getting at and I do agree.
As much as I dont feel that piracy is wrong, This argument is pretty bad..."if" it's stealing, then stealing from a rich person isn't "less wrong" than stealing from a poor person. It's still stealing and it's still wrong.
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Its half of both, yes and no in different point of views. Stealing and not paying for something its totally different.

Edit: Let say you steal a car from a car dealer. You are taking something physical which cost them $5K to make and they Sell it for $15K. This is stealing.
You download a game from the intent, you get no online play but you did not steal something that has cost them anything. They just lost a sale. A Sale does not easy = A product. Basicaly if you boil it down to the end only 10% of pirates would have bough the game if they didnt know how to pirate which is a small number.
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