The Pirate’s Dilemma

Matt Mason The Pirate’s Dilemma: How hackers, punk capitalists and graffiti millionaires are remixing our culture and changing our world.

Talk at the Royal Society of Arts. Wide-ranging introduction to the view that piracy may have benefits for society and promote innovation. History of pirate radio, Hollywood’s early history of patent evasion, NIke, brands.

Video: 36 minutes.


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  1. I got Mat Mason’s point that those who pirate products are often the products biggest fan and just want to share it, and that the pirates could possible improve it.

    But as someone who often spends a year developing a product the idea of piracy is appalling.

    The point about the book published in Russia having generated better legal sales because from the pirate version seemed valid.

    Perhaps a bit of piracy could be seen as cost neutral advertising, but surly the pirate copies of the Russian book increasing the sales of legal copies is the exception not the general rule.

    As to the other article cracking down on those who up load software illegally surley it is a sledge to crack a walnut approach.

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