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41. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 13, 2012, 04:19 Mordhaus
The problem with piracy is that much like some of the other lesser crimes, such as underage drinking or speeding, it is hard to enforce against and the punishments are light enough to be negligible (unless you are distributing the product). Additionally you will always have a segment of people who feel that the legality of stopping it is questionable, just like people who feel that you shouldn't legislate the aforementioned examples.

The thing is most of the same people who support more 'freedom' from laws would be the first people to backtrack on their position if they were more directly affected. For instance, if an underage drinker was driving while intoxicated and speeding, leading to the death of someone the previously mentioned anti-legality supports cared about.

A simpler example would be the person being told by their employer that they were being let go or not able to be given a raise due to economic loss in their business. For instance, if you work in a supermarket and due to the amount of loss from shoplifting the store had to take drastic measures to stay profitable.

You can rationalize it in any form you like, but piracy is the theft of something that doesn't belong to you. You can get away with it much easier than other forms of theft and at the moment the punishment is negligible, but it is no different than stealing a car or a clothes from a retailer.
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