Technically it's piracy, but it doesn't feel that way...
September 1, 2007 8:54 PM Subscribe
What's a good name for the kind of "piracy" that doesn't feel like piracy to a reasonable person?
posted by AmbroseChapel to computers & internet (47 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The rise of "bacn" inspired me to try to invent a new term describing acts of digital copying which are technically against the law, but just plain shouldn't be.
The kind of "piracy" that Cory Doctorow talks about in his classic DRM Talk
"given the generally jam-smeared character of everything the kids get their paws on, she decided to tape the DVD off to VHS and give that to the kids -- that way she could make a fresh VHS copy when the first one went south"
That kind of activity, and these other kinds:
- backing up a DVD to another disk for the same reason (kids destroy stuff)
- reauthoring a DVD so when you put it in, it skips all menus and promos and just plays (easier for kids, handicapped users, people with difficulty reading the menus etc.)
- putting a film and its sequel onto one DVD for convenience
- format-shifting your CD to MP3 and putting it onto your iPod (still illegal in some jurisdictions)
- removing DRM from your purchased iTunes files so you can listen to them on a non-iPod player
- ripping a DVD to play on your video iPod or PDA
- ripping the audio only from a DVD to listen to without watching the video track
- de-regioning your DVD player so that you can watch DVDs from other countries
There are some things that (all other factors aside) I feel really are
"piracy": downloading copyrighted material for free and so on. But in the above examples I feel that I own the product, I've signed no licence or contract about how I'm going to use it, and those activities shouldn't be illegal.
Lame suggestion to get you started: "My-racy".