Skip navigation

In the dichotomy of postmodern Internet “piracy,” there is the good and the bad, notwithstanding a buffered gray area.  In digital works such as Steal This Film, Part 1, there is an enormous emphasis on the free culture and the free media movement. The importance of being able to acquire, distribute, and network copyrighted works has become a staple of the 21st century generation. Yet, some issues come about in the push for a completely unrestricted anti-regime of digital media.

The main problem I see with Internet piracy is the casualties wrought by the “good” kinds that send shockwaves in the form of “bad” piracy. In short, by deconstructing the frameworks that have for so long protected the individual right to creative license and originality (i.e. copyrights, trademarks, patents, etc.), to what extent does this new pirate public devalue creative enterprise?

Overall, there seems to be a definite sense of entitlement and disrespect surrounding the abusive distribution of copyrighted materials. Indeed, there are definite benefits associated with freedom of press and a more liberal fashion of distribution and networking. In contemporary terms, these modes of piracy (e.g. nonprofit, small-scale, etc.) would be considered “good”. Yet, the problem arises when this power is abused, and I fear that too much of a good thing has wrought a negative outcome throughout the Pirate community. In what can be seen as a “Myspace-ing” of postmodern free distribution (using the outdated, unreliable, and corrupted social network Myspace as an analogy of things to come), the Internet public must be wary of the circumstances. What will happen (or what has already happened?) when we allow the “bad” to outweigh the “good”?