|The triviality of a crime is subjective to who is on the short end of the stick. (Think about your brother and his career, especially if he didn't have anyone to help support him if everyone simply steals his work and leaves him with nothing.)|
My brother pirates music more than I do... and the way he describes his career is along the lines of...
"Careers are where you make money by providing a good of service. It just so happens, that in my career, the good I'm providing is free."
He currently does not make money on his music, but he still treats it as though it's his job -- because to him, it is. I try to support him whenever I can, partly because he's my brother, and partly because I love his music.
|Whether it's an apple on a market stall or a piece of art on the internet, stealing is stealing|
I can't say I agree with that second part. To me, there's a very clear difference between digital piracy and physical theft. I don't think I'm in the minority on that, either.
I pirate without a thought. My conscious is completely clear. But I would never so much as consider swiping a pack of gum from a store.
|It's the job of the government to see to it things are set right. Note - this is not a $10,000 fine for stealing a $5 t-shirt, but rather, possibly...$5 plus the cost of the wages of those involved in resolving the crime.|
I guess this is where my philosophy is rooted.
I don't agree that there's anything to set right here... because I really don't think digital piracy is wrong.
I think monetizing art is wrong. Art should be available to anyone and everyone. Not just those who can afford it.