After a sleepy couple of months, I’ve reawakened PirateWho, the blog that endeavors to explain Pirate Ideology for the average person. For now, I’ll be taking care of it while the founder is off doing important piraty things.
Previously, I posted about misconception that pirates are a bunch of kids that want stuff for free and the difficulty of viewing one’s own creative work in a purely logical way. This week, I wrote about something else that’s been bothering me for a long time: the argument that taking a copy of an author’s work is devaluing it – an argument that basically quashes artists back down to the role of some archaic machine whose primary purpose is shooting out copies.
Take a look…
Dear Lady Justice,
How are you?
I ask because you seem a bit disoriented lately. I wouldn’t say anything, except… except it may be partly my fault. You see, lawmakers and judges and juries around the world have taken it upon themselves to debate… me. Well, my profession. It’s a pity, really. I would have been there to clarify the whole situation, but I guess my invitation got lost in the mail. So what am I? I’m a writer. Or more inclusively, a creative. Yes, I’m one of those head-in-the-clouds types who got the silly idea into my head to try to put food on the table by making up stories. But, all those lawmakers and judges and juries you’ve been overseeing seem to have the wrong idea and have gotten up in arms about it. It must be quite a headache for you!
So let me explain.